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The McKeough Marine Center is the research and social development arm in the field of marine science. It is under the Research and Social Outreach of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan.
To be a center of excellence for marine science research in Northern Mindanao dedicated to the sustainable development of the coastal community & environment
In the 1960’s, Fr. James McKeough SJ, established a Marine Biology course that opened marine science education in Northern Mindanao. They conducted series of studies in Macajalar Bay from the 1960’s - 80’s. After episodic hiatuses due to scarcity of funds, it was reestablished on July 2006 and was named as the McKeough Marine Center by the University President, Fr. Jose Villarin SJ, in honor of the one person who started marine science in Mindanao.
-Work on scientific and environmental problems related to coastal resources in the region
-Develop sound and lasting resource management policies
-Develop information and education campaign strategies
-Assist the university in formulating and implementing community-based development strategies