Philippines: Greenpeace urges fishing companies to let seas “recover” from overfishing to protect small fishers’ livelihoods, ensure food security

Author: Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon, Freeman (Philippines), Published on: 8 January 2016

“Let sea recover, fishing companies urged”, 4 Jan 2016

Environmental group Greenpeace is calling on the fishing industry to ensure food security this year by allowing the seas to “recover.”

… Greenpeace Philippines said illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing –especially with the use of destructive methods – have wreaked havoc on the country’s once-abundant fishing grounds.

A report of the National Stock Assessment Program of the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources revealed that 10 out of 13 fishing grounds are already heavily exploited, leading to the phenomenal decline of fish catch.

Simultaneously, the income of municipal fishers also declined, with the highest poverty incidence level at 39.1 percent among fisherfolk…

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