Faculty Profile - Jesse Ronquillo

Jesse Ronquillo

Jesse Ronquillo


Trades & Apprenticeships

Ph.D. Fisheries/Aquaculture, Kagoshima University, Japan.

M.Sc. Fisheries/Aquaculture, Kagoshima University, Japan.

B.Sc. Fisheries (cum laude), University of the Philippines, Philippines.


Subjects: Aquaculture Technician
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9736

Dr. Jesse Ronquillo is a multi-awarded Canadian educator, researcher and extension worker. His aquaculture technologies are featured worldwide with expertise spanning hatchery production and aquatic husbandry of finfish, shellfish, and algae.

Dr. Ronquillo obtained his B.Sc. degree as a cum laude; received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Japan as a Monbusho (Japanese Ministry of Education) Scholar; and awarded Fellowships by JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science), Fulbright, NSERC and UNESCO in Japan, USA, Canada, and China, respectively.  

Under United Nations (FAO, UNDP, UNESCO), Dr. Ronquillo fulfilled the role of aquaculture trainer for many international aquaculture officers and has instructed programming across Asia and Canada. He was a Professor of Aquaculture at the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of the Philippines before immigrating to Canada.

Dr. Ronquillo’s career has also included working with the DFO/UBC Centre for Aquaculture and Environmental Research in 2004 as NSERC Fellow; Assistant/Associate Professor at Nova Scotia Agricultural College; Adjunct Professor of Dalhousie University; External Thesis Examiner of Memorial University of Newfoundland; Chief Aquaculture Scientist/Consultant of Viva Aquaculture and Seafood Distribution and now faculty with North Island College on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

In addition, Dr. Ronquillo has been a peer-reviewer of international journals and a referee of research projects submitted to NSERC, AIF/ACOA, and U.S. SeaGrant Program and has assisted many entrepreneurs and organizations to improve commercial aquaculture production of finfish and shellfish.

Ph.D. Fisheries/Aquaculture, Kagoshima University, Japan.

M.Sc. Fisheries/Aquaculture, Kagoshima University, Japan.

B.Sc. Fisheries (cum laude), University of the Philippines, Philippines.


Assistant Professor/Associate Professor, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada (2007-2012)

NSERC Fellow, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada (2004-2007)

JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Fellow, Kyushu University and Kagoshima University, Japan

UNESCO Fellow, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, P.R. China.

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Aquaculture, University of the Philippines - Visayas, Iloilo, Philippines

Director, National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (NIMBB), UP Visayas, Philippines




AQT-100 Introduction to Aquaculture

AQT-105 Shellfish and Algal Production

AQT-110 Finfish Husbandry

AQT-115 Aquaculture Health & Safety

AQT-120 Strategies for Success

AQT-125 Aquaculture Field School

AQT-200 Sustainable Aquaculture

AQT-201 Biology of Cultured Finfish

AQT-202 Aquaculture Equipment and FacilityýMaintenance

AQT-203 Aquaculture Technical Communication

AQT-204 Finfish Grow-out Production

AQT-205 Finfish Hatchery Production

AQT-206 Fish Diseases and Health

AQT-207 Directed Research Project

AQT-208 Directed Applied Aquaculture Project

Layugan EA,  Segawa S,  Laureta LC,  Ronquillo JD. 2013.  Gametogenesis and spawning induction in freshwater clam Batissa violacea Lamarck, (1806) at Cagayan River, Philippines. International Journal of Ecology and Conservation 5(1).

Ronquillo JD, Fraser J, McConkey AJ. 2012. Effect of mixed microalgal diets on growth and polyunsaturated fatty acid profile of European oyster (Ostrea edulis) juveniles. Aquaculture 360-361: 64–68.

Ronquillo JD,  McKinley S. 2006. Developmental stages and potential mariculture for coastal rehabilitation of endangered Pacific angelwing clam, Pholas orientalis. Aquaculture 256: 180-191.  

Ronquillo JD, Saisho T, McKinley S. 2006.  Early developmental stages of the Pacific green tiger prawn, Penaeus semisulcatus de Haan, 1844 (Crustacea, Decapoda, Penaeidae). Hydrobiologia 560:175-196. 

Ikejima K, Ronquillo JD, Corre VL, Dureza VA. 2006. Fish assemblages in abandoned ponds and waterways surrounding brackish water aquaculture ponds in Panay Island, the Philippines. Asian Fisheries Science 19: 293-307.

Butterworth KG, Ronquillo JD, McKinley RS. 2005. Simplified illustrated sea lice identification guide for Lepeophtheirus salmonis and Caligus clemensi in British Columbia, Canada. Aquaculture Association of Canada Special Publication 9:101-103.

Corre VL,  Janeo R, Ronquillo JD, Kurokura H. 2005. Use of greenwater technology as biocontrol of luminous bacteria in intensive shrimp (Penaeus monodon) grow-out culture. UPV Journal of Natural Sciences 10 (1): 51-60.

Toledo N, Dureza L, Ronquillo JD,  Itami T, Sakata T, Suarnaba V. 2005. In vivo assay of live microalgae on Vibrio harveyi co-cultured with Scylla serrata larvae. UPV Journal of Natural Sciences 10: 91-102

Ronquillo JD, Pura ZV, Traifalgar R. 1999. “Seedling” production and pond culture of hatchery-produced juveniles of the mud crab, Scylla oceanica Dana, 1852. In F.R. Schram and J.V. von Vaupel Klein (eds). Crustaceans and the Biodiversity Crisis. (Amsterdam: Brill Academic Pub.). Vol. 1, pp.  999-1011.

Ronquillo JD, Saisho T, Yamasaki S. 1998. Application of phytoplankters as live diet and biocontrol in improving the hatchery production of commercially important penaeid shrimps in Asia. In Flegel TW (ed.). Advances in Shrimp Biotechnology. National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Bangkok. p. 106.

Ronquillo JD, Matias JR, Saisho T,  Yamasaki S. 1997.  Culture of Tetraselmis tetrathele and its utilization in the hatchery production of different penaeid shrimps in Asia.  Hydrobiologia  358:237-244.

Ronquillo JD, Saisho T. 1997. Larval development of  Metapenaeopsis barbata (de Haan) (Crustacea, Decapoda, Penaeidae). Marine and  Freshwater Research 48(5): 401-416.

Ronquillo JD, Saisho T. 1995. Early developmental stages of southern rough shrimp,  Trachypenaeus curvirostris (Stimpson, 1860)  (Decapoda,  Penaeidae) reared in the laboratory.  Crustaceana 68(7): 833-863.

Ronquillo JD, Saisho T. 1994. Development and survival of greasyback shrimp, Metapenaeus ensis (de Haan, 1844) fed with Tetraselmis tetrathele and Chaetoceros gracilis.  In: Proceedings of the  Third Asian Fisheries Forum. (Manila: Asian Fisheries Society). 3:1013-1016.

Ronquillo JD, Saisho T. 1993. Early developmental stages of greasyback shrimp, Metapenaeus ensis (de Haan,1844) (Crustacea,Decapoda, Penaeidae). Journal of  Plankton Research  15(10):1177-1206.

  • Conferred with "Balik" (Visiting) Scientist  Award by the Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST)  at Bicol University, Tabaco, Albay, Philippines. 2011-2012. 

    Awarded NSERC Fellowship at DFO/UBC Centre for Aquaculture and Environmental Research. Vancouver, BC. 2004-2007.




  • Selected for the "Outstanding Professional Award in the field of Fisheries/Marine Sciences" by University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA), Quezon City, Philippines. 2000.

  • Honored with "Achievement Award in Fisheries" by Philippine Association of Japanese Ministry of Education Scholars (PHILAJAMES) and the Japan Information and Cultural Center, Embassy of Japan, Manila, Philippines for outstanding contribution to Fisheries Science and community. 1999.

  • Received the "E.O. Tan Memorial Research Award" for Outstanding Publication in Aquaculture by the Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST)/ Philippine Council for Aquatic & Marine Research & Development (PCAMRD). Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines. 1999


  • Awarded FULBRIGHT Research Fellowship. Fulbright Program, U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Center of Marine Biotechnology,University of Maryland, USA. 2001.

    Received JSPS Fellowship Award. Kyushu University and Kagoshima University, Japan. 2000.

Prawns Benefit from Tilapia's 'Green Water'.  

This is a featured environment-friendly technology developed by Dr. Jesse Ronquillo and Prof. Valeriano Corre of the University of the Philippines in the Visayas to mitigate the effect of luminous Vibriosis that devastated the shrimp production industry world-wide.

Educator and Multi-awarded Aquaculture Scientist: Dr. Jesse Ronquillo

Featured as one of the outstanding immigrants by the Philippine Canadian Inquirer News for the Filipino Community in Canada.

Research Gate profile: Dr. Jesse Ronquillo

Compilation of some available peer-reviewed scientific/technical papers of Jesse Ronquillo that can be accessed publicly and downloaded online at www.ResearchGate.net.

Recent Shellfish and Algal Research projects of Dr. Jesse Ronquillo

Featured in Canadian Aquaculture R&D Review by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).

Featured in Canadian Filipino Net

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