Sustainable Seafood– Focus of WWF and Chef Bobby Chinn’s Philippine Visit

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SAM_2112SAM_2103“The chef is always right,” jokes International chef Bobby Chin who visited the Philippines the second week of June as part of WWF’s campaign on sustainable seafood. This funny, lovable chef who began his career in Wallstreet prepared some of his seafood recipes for the press at Hamilo Coast, an environment-friendly resort in Batangas, during Coral Triangle Day last June 9.

One of the questions he is often asked by Pinoys is why Filipino cuisine isn’t world class. He threw back another question in response, “Which Filipino dishes are not Spanish-inspired?” He honestly explained that despite the lack of culinary identity, every good Filipino chef often ends up specializing in European cuisine after graduating from an international culinary school abroad. Chef Chinn’s straightforward, honest response and jokes were received with warmth and laughter by the press in attendance to the Coral Triangle Day celebration.

“Shark’s fin is tasteless,” he adds. “Spend your money on tastier sea food”.

Well, this chef is definitely right especially with regards to promoting sustainable seafood. We must all take the initiative and responsibility of conserving the Coral Triangle by putting a stop to destructive fishing methods and explore alternative food sourcing.

Where does the fish on your plate come from? It is highly likely that it was sourced from the Coral Triangle, the world’s epicenter of marine life and abundance.

Every day, thousands of small fishing boats set out within this throbbing nursery of the seas, whose resources directly sustain the lives of more than 120 million people. However, unsustainable fishing methods have shattered coral reefs and depleted fish populations all over the region.

More than 85% of the reefs in the Coral Triangle – which spans the waters of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste – are directly threatened by local human activities, substantially more than the global average of 60%. Asia’s growing population coupled with an insatiable appetite for dwindling delicacies like shark fin soup is placing extreme pressure on our seas.

Overfishing and illegal fishing are threatening coastal and marine environments, wiping out large populations of fish stocks and compromising people’s food security and livelihoods. Pacific Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus orientalis) stocks for example, are taking a nosedive. The International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific Ocean (ISC) says that the global population has shrunk by 96.4% compared to unfished levels.

Now on its third year, the Coral Triangle Day is an annual open-sourced event celebrated in the countries belonging to the region every 9 June. The festivities are done in conjunction with World Oceans Day, which is celebrated every year on 8 June.

Set against the majestic blue waters and lush landscapes of Pico de Loro Cove in Nasugbu, Batangas, Chinn kicked off his cooking segment by cooking Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) sourced by hand-line from Occidental Mindoro. Handline is a traditional and more sustainable way of catching tuna, several stocks of which are threatened in the Coral Triangle.

Lastly, to raise awareness about the perils of shark finning, Chinn created a seared snapper head dish with dipping sauce, as an alternative to shark fin soup. About 73 million sharks are slaughtered each year for the lucrative shark fin trade. This high demand for shark fin soup, particularly in China and Hong Kong, threatens the health and balance of global marine ecosystems.

“The worldwide demand for tuna, live reef fish, and other marine products continues to grow – at a frightening environmental cost to the Coral Triangle. Through our partnership with Bobby Chinn and Hamilo Coast in celebrating Coral Triangle Day, we hope to emphasize the need to rehabilitate the Coral Triangle’s reefs from decades of damage and build a sustainable means of livelihood for fishermen,” says WWF-Philippines Vice President for Conservation Programs Joel Palma.

“Preserving the Coral Triangle is a cause that is important to us because Hamilo Coast is located right at the entry of the Verde Island Passage, one of the most prolific areas of the global Coral Triangle,” adds Costa del Hamilo, Inc. Senior Vice-President for Operations Rona Torres-Tan.
The Coral Triangle is home to 76% of the world’s known coral species, 37% of the world’s coral reef fish species, plus commercially-valuable species such as tuna, whales, dolphins, rays, sharks, including six of the world’s seven known species of marine turtles.

Unsustainable fishing, poorly-planned development, pollution, a growing population, and climate change impacts are all contributing to the degradation of the Coral Triangle. WWF continues to develop sustainable solutions that will both benefit local communities and businesses and save one of the most diverse marine habitats on Earth.

WWF-Philippines and Costa del Hamilo have been partners for five years. Since building an alliance for sustainable ecotourism, the two have embarked on various sustainable and environmental initiatives like the declaration of select Hamilo Coast coves as marine protected areas, the deployment of Bantay Dagat units to protect the area from illegal fishermen. WWF’s ridge-to-reef management project helps protect the corals in Hamilo Coast from sedimentation and siltation, and includes the continuous monitoring of flora and fauna to identify and mitigate any such threats.

WWF has also initiated renewable energy projects at Hamilo Coast. Around eighteen of the street lamps along the main road of the residential community are powered by solar panels, and solar power-assisted air conditioners have been installed in the chapel. Waste management activities of employees and residents are closely monitored, with guidelines set to ensure compliance with the waste-management standards of global eco-tourism certification bodies.

For more information on the sustainable tourism projects of WWF-Philippines, visit http://www.wwf.org.ph. To know more about options for full-time living at Hamilo Coast, call (+63 2) 945-8000, or visit http://www.hamilocoast.com.

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WWF Philippine Bancas Re-Engineered For a Climate-defined Future

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Bancas for the Philippines - Leyte trainingBy Sophia Dedace and Gregg Yan
Boats connect islands, spread culture, and allow people to harvest the sea’s bounty. A boat for a fisherman, is what a carabao is for a farmer – a beast of burden, a source of income, a ride home. So has it been for thousands of years. As the world’s second largest archipelago with 36,289 kilometers of coastline, the Philippines is home to sons and daughters of the sea whose lives are inextricably linked to the water.

Among the indigenous watercraft our mariners have used to ply our seas, no boat is as familiar and well-loved as the Philippine banca, a durable double-outrigger canoe. “It is a perfect design, honed through thousands of years of trial and error,” says naval architect and indigenous watercraft expert Ramon Binamira, Jr.

Fisheries provide livelihood to about one million Filipinos, or about 5% of the country’s labor force.

Fish consumption in the Philippines is also high at 28.5 kilograms per capita yearly. Fish comprise about half of Filipinos’ protein diet.

Unfortunately, Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda), which ripped through the Central Philippines on 8 November 2013, destroyed some 30,000 bancas – depriving 146,700 small-scale fisherfolk of their main source of food and livelihood. With more than 40% of our small-scale fishers living below the poverty line, it is imperative that long-term, climate-smart solutions be introduced to boost their adaptive capacity.

Shaping New Platforms for Resilience

We face a climate-defined future, where extreme weather events packing Haiyan’s strength and fury will be the new normal. More storms will come. More boats will be damaged.

In the storm’s aftermath in November last year, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines) created the blueprint for Bancas for the Philippines to restore food security among local fisherfolk and establish resilience in coastal communities that stand vulnerable to climate change impacts.

To veer away from band-aid solutions and dole-outs, the program teaches fishermen who lost their boats how to build their own fibreglass bancas and replicate boat moulds for future use, for succeeding generations.

Since its launch in February 2014, Bancas for the Philippines has completed the training of local fishermen and boat builders from at least eight population nodes in Leyte and Northern Palawan for the production of 600 fibreglass boats.

The fishermen and boat-builders, who received training for a week, can then transfer their knowledge and skills to fellow mariners in their coastal communities. Key resources like boat moulds, tools, and training modules are provided to sustain the building of fibreglass bancas for the long term.

“Bancas for the Philippines went beyond physical re-engineering. In a sense, it involved re-booting social software. This project is about building skills, creating opportunities, and crafting new platforms for resilience,” says WWF-Philippines Vice-chair and CEO Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan.

Boat of the Future

Days before Haiyan barreled through Samar to Northern Palawan, Binamira knew that small-scale fishermen will be among the sectors that will be hit the hardest. “Just looking at the swath, I immediately knew that thousands of small boats would be destroyed.” Binamira’s extensive body of work in naval architecture includes two decades of boat-making in Bohol.

“Fibreglass boats are faster, cheaper, and easier to make,” explains Binamira, who designed the Bancas for the Philippines standard boat model, which is 15 feet long and 14 inches wide, weighing approximately 30 kilograms. Easily lifted by one to two fishers, the fibreglass banca can swiftly be hauled inland for safekeeping whenever a super-typhoon approaches a coastal community.

While aware of the challenges of helping fishermen get back on their feet, Binamira and WWF-Philippines also saw Haiyan’s destruction as an opportunity to introduce a climate-smart alternative to build bancas for artisanal fisherfolk. “Fibreglass is now widely available, relatively cheap, and easy to build boats from,” Binamira adds.

Fibreglass has been used as a boatbuilding material in North America since the late 1940s. In the Philippines, fibreglass has been available for over 50 years. Because they are watertight, fibreglass boats prevent leaks and reduce maintenance. Unlike their wooden counterparts, fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) hulls are one continuous piece, preventing water from seeping in.

When laid up in the sun, fibreglass boats do not shrink. In contrast, wooden hulls shrink or swell when brought out of the water and laid up. Because fibreglass is non-organic, the boats become rot-proof and resistant to shipworms and other marine borers. Provided that they are cared for properly, fibreglass boats last longer than wooden bancas. Binamira estimates that the boat’s fibreglass hull is at least thrice more puncture-resistant than one with an 8 to 10 millimeter wooden frame.

Benjamin Pedrero, a Taclobanon who lost his home, his boat, plus about 30 relatives to Haiyan – shares, “My wooden boats last for only two to three years. Now that I am building my own fibreglass boat, I am more than thankful because this can probably last me 20 years – even a lifetime.”

He adds that building a traditional wooden boat takes 10 to 20 days on average, while a fibreglass boat only takes about one to two days.

Amador Linde is among the Leyte-based fishermen who joined Pedrero at an onsite training session on fibreglass boat-making last May. He shares that a sturdier banca made of fibreglass allows him to weather tougher storms ahead. “After the storm, I immediately looked for scrap plywood to make my own boat and get back in the water. But I know that this is only a temporary solution. I will need a stronger banca so I can be assured that I can feed my family every day.”

He adds that a fibreglass banca will afford him food and livelihood security.  “I have been fishing in the waters of Palo with my father since I was nine. I belong to the sea. Working on land is hard because I report to an employer. At sea, I am my own boss.”

The boats of the future, fibreglass bancas allow for simpler and more efficient construction through open-access technology. One mold can be used to make at least 20 banca hulls. The trainees will also learn how to make new moulds in order to sustain fibreglass boat-making in their communities.

For these reasons, Bancas for the Philippines offers a platform to make a climate-smart technology – mass-based. In turn, more fishermen boost their resilience, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency.

Safeguarding our Natural Resources

More importantly, fibreglass boats also help protect our fragile forest and marine ecosystems.

The Philippines loses about 157,000 hectares of forest cover each year. To rebuild the 30,000 boats lost to Haiyan from wood threatens to upscale deforestation. A fibreglass banca will curb the country’s dependence on wood as a major boatbuilding component.

With Philippine seas already overexploited by commercial fishing, the initiative helps reduce pressure on our dwindling fishing stocks by promoting artisanal and small-scale fishing.

“Our goal is to meld the old with the new – modernizing the way we build a boat whose design was already refined by generations of fishers,” concludes Binamira. “Bancas for the Philippines empowers our coastal communities to weather the storms of the future.”

Tobacco Graphic Health Warning Now Hidden Behind Package

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Press Release:

 

MANILA, Philippines – On June 10, 2014, former Department of Health representatives, a former lawmaker, and public health advocates collectively denounced the tobacco industry for interfering in the Graphic Health Warning (GHW) bill. The press conference was urgently convened in response to the news that both houses of Congress will hold a bicameral conference committee meeting on the GHW bill that same day.

 

The Senate version of the Graphic Health Warning Bill covers at least 50% of the cigarette packs and has a clause that will allow the Department of Health, as the implementing body, to transfer the location of the picture to the top of the pack.  The lower House version covers 40% of the bottom of cigarette packs, with the Inter-Agency Committee on Tobacco (IAC-T) as implementing body.

 

Former Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Jimmy Galvez-Tan stated that almost 90,000 Filipinos die annually due to smoking related diseases. He stated that the Senate version of the GHW Bill correctly mandates the DOH to be the implementing body. He reasoned that “the DOH is mandated to be the over-all technical authority on health. It is comprised of health professionals who can undertake further scientific and technical studies of the health impacts of tobacco.”

 

In response to the House version of the GHW bill, which mandates that the Inter-Agency Committee on Tobacco (IAC-T) be the implementing for the measure, PhilHealth President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Atty. Alex Padilla, who was the former DOH representative to IAC-T, stated that “tobacco industry is not and can never be a stakeholder in public health.” He pointed out that the IACT “cannot be trusted” and that it has failed to champion the health of Filipinos given that its mandate is to “balance the interest of trade and health.” Since 2003, the Philippine Tobacco Institute (PTI) sits as a member of the IACT tasked with the implementation of Republic Act 9211 (Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003). Atty. Padilla pointed out that this enables various tobacco companies “to interfere in decision-making despite their obvious conflict of interest.”

 

Atty. Emil Polig, chief of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Legal Department, further added that the proposed GHW law should be enforced by the proper agencies in accordance with Republic Act 9711 (FDA Act of 2009), that is, the DOH and FDA, and not the IACT. He stated that the FDA “can use its powers under the RA 9711 to impose sanctions on violations of PHW law.” He recounted how various tobacco companies have filed over 12 cases against the government’s tobacco control measures, alleging vagueness of the law and excess of jurisdiction. He notes sadly that, “government and private individuals who have come head to head with the tobacco industry in court have not won a single case.”

 

Atty. Ipat Luna, Trustee of HealthJustice Philippines, stated that the tobacco industry has lobbied all over the world to put images at the bottom of cigarette pack, “where it can be easily hidden or covered when held.” She warned that if GHWs were allowed to be placed at the bottom portion, “PNoy’s administration will be remembered worldwide as the only one to have kowtowed to tobacco companies.” She reasoned that as long as the tobacco industry is empowered by this administration through the IACT, “the vision of ‘daang matuwid’ will not be fulfilled.”

 

Former Congressman Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada III, one of the authors of a GHW bill in 2007, recounted how tobacco company representatives approached him and other lawmakers to negotiate the contents of the bill. “We were outnumbered,” he said in describing the Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting that was populated by Congressmen from the Northern Luzon Alliance, who each took turn challenging the need for the bill.  The said bill was derailed by the Northern Block and was never passed by the house. Tañada testified that tobacco industry interference in the legislature is “very real,” and that there is a need to protect the bicameral meeting from it.

 

Bicameral meetings are held to reconcile conflicting provisions in a bill, after which, the final enrolled form is transmitted to Malacañang for approval.

Natural Healing and School of Thought

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naturopathyLittle is known about Naturopathy as perhaps it is not recognized or acknowledge in the medical world. It’s time to bring focus to this method of healing as more and more people are looking into natural, organic nutrition as part of a healthier lifestyle. With diabetes, hypertension, psoriasis, cancer, and other plagues with little known cures on the rise, the people have little choice but to look into this direction. So here are some facts about the organizations supporting natural healing, their methods, and background training. For those who wish to be a natural health practitioner for your own benefit or for your family, then get to know what it’s all about and where you can find your support group. Reading this can be your starting point to a natural lifestyle.
Background:
Organix has established the Philippine Institute of Naturopathic Sciences (PINS) as its educational arm and currently teaches Comprehensive Iridollogy, Integrative Sclerology, Emotional Iridollogy, Homeopathy, Anatomy and Physiology, Natural Nutrition, Acupuncture for non Physicians, Acupressure, Energy Medicine and other traditional medicine modalities will soon be introduced.

The Comprehensive Iridollogy that is taught in PINS is what is sanctioned by the International Iridology Practitioners Association, an Iridollogy certifying body worldwide. All students who complete Level One and Two of the IIPA course can take a certifying test and upon completion of all requirements will be issued a certificate. The Sclerology Course is also recognized by the International Sclerology Institute of the USA.
PINS
The Philippine Institute of Naturopathic Sciences (PINS) is the new name of the school that started teaching Iridology 25 years ago. It was then named the Iridology Foundation of the Philippines (IFP) and it was in the forefront of the natural health revolution of our times. It opened the eyes of many of our countrymen to the wonderful miracles that nature cure can bring using the eye as the focal point for analyzing the different body conditions. Many of the thousands of students of IFP developed to be responsible health practitioners and are now known as the leaders of alternative health care.  Many realize that the “eyes are the windows of the soul” and it has also been proven to be the “window of the body”. With Iridology as the main foundation, the courses of the institute have grown and expanded  to develop Natural Health Practitioners or NHP’s.
It is their mission is to seek and teach each student how to be truly healthy and to make them instruments to teach others to be healthy too.
And so from the base course of Comprehensive Iridollogy, which now follows the international curriculum of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA)  all graduates can take the examination for international certification, they have added the courses on Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Holistic Nutrition and Natural Therapies, Emotional Healing, Integrative Sclerology, Anatomy and Physiology to get the basic degree called NHP.
Knowledge of these main seven subjects allows an individual sufficient knowledge to help another fellowman who is in need of natural health care. Iridology provides the genetic deficiencies of an individual so the health care practitioner can know how to handle current stresses which are in turn shown in the whites of the eye and Sclerology holds the key for this.
The goal for each NHP if to be able to help patients and clients easily and effortlessly, with the end goal of making each one realize that they are the captains of their own body and soul.
Once the cause of the dis-ease is known, using Iridollogy and Sclerology, Holistic Nutrition gives the necessary tools to insure the correct food intake of a patient/client for proper absorption and assimilation. Natural Dietary Therapies can also be started. If immediate remedies are called for then Homeopathy is applied together with Acupuncture. Since almost all ailments have an emotional cause, different emotional release therapies can be used to relieve negative disease causing emotions.  This process has been used thousands of times to lead the pathway to perfect health. This same pathway is what PINS aims to teach to all NHP hopefuls.  In the future, this may become a diploma course registered with both the TESDA and our Department of Health and Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC)  PINS is here to educate the Leaders of Natural Health!  At PINS, you will learn to turn your passion for healthy eating and lifestyle into a rewarding Natural Health Counseling career, and in the process learn to help others live healthy lives.
Becoming a Natural Health Practitioner
The Professional Training Program spans twelve months, and involves the learning of basic analytical tools of Iridology and Sclerology to learn the basic body organs that need help, learn the nutritional needs of these specific organs so they may be properly fed and remain strong and healthy. Get to know immediate remedies should the need arise via knowledge of Homeopathy and Acupuncture. This program is incredibly rewarding, both personally and professionally.
In the Natural nutrition course,  instruction on all dietary perspectives is offered,  also a fully integrative approach to health education that emphasizes the personal, social and emotional contexts of diet, nutrition and well-being.
As a student, not only will you learn techniques to improve your own health, but you will also learn how to teach those techniques to others, and how to launch a promising career as a Natural Health Practitioner, or expand your current practice.

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam join forces to crack down on Turtle Trade

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Balinese sea turtle traders. Bali, Indonesia. Photo credit - Jurgen Freund &   WWF-CanonOur voices are heard! Countries are rallying against the brutal treatment of turtles which we have been witnessing in disgust the past few weeks over social media.  They can’t go on doing this horrible activity, they must be stopped.  The immediate response was truly uplifting and reassuring.

Press Release:

Government representatives from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Viet Nam committed to improve intergovernmental cooperation to curb the illegal trade of marine turtles in the Coral Triangle.  The commitment was made at a marine turtle trade workshop hosted by the Government of the Philippines on 3 to 4 June 2014.

“With the ongoing issue of poaching of marine turtles, the country recognized the need for an integrated approach in addressing this challenge,” said Mundita Lim, Philippine Biodiversity Management Bureau Director.

“The alarming trend over the decade justifies the need for neighboring countries to make transboundary arrangements and improve the protection between national governments,” added Lim.

“Entire populations of marine turtles are being wiped out by persistent poaching, both targeted and as bycatch,” said Joel Palma, WWF-Philippines Vice President for Conservation.

“As foreign fishing fleets are often involved, such inter-governmental collaboration is essential to strengthen local and trans-boundary law enforcement efforts to prevent marine turtles from being poached and traded for use as food and luxury items,” added Palma.

Enough is enough

The workshop comes on the heels of a recent incident when Philippine authorities arrested nine Chinese fishermen off the coast of Palawan just a month ago for carrying about 500 live and dead turtles on their boat. Involvement of local Filipino fishermen in the incident suggests a higher degree of organised supply and trafficking that requires a trans-national response.

This is just one of the numerous poaching and trafficking incidents that have happened not only in the Philippines but also in important marine turtle range countries of Indonesia, Malaysia and Viet Nam, and across the wider Coral Triangle region.

“We need to halt the illegal turtle trade once and for all, otherwise, the work of protecting nesting beaches and feeding grounds will be futile if thousands of turtles are being wiped out at sea,” said Palma.

Heavy demand

Turtles are used mainly for food, souvenirs, jewellery and ornamentation, and in some traditional medicinal systems. The shells of Hawksbill Turtles (known as bekko) have been carved into ornaments and jewellery for many centuries, particularly associated with Japanese traditional crafts.

“Aside from local consumption of meat and eggs, the demand for marine turtle shell and other derivative parts from market destinations including mainland China and Taiwan, Japan and Viet Nam is driving this trade,” said James Compton, TRAFFIC Senior Programme Director, Asia Pacific.

Research by TRAFFIC has identified the island province of Hainan as a major hub for the illegal trade in marine turtle products in China, and work over the past four years with Chinese government authorities and other local stakeholders has greatly increased the attention to market regulation and control.

“The need for inter-agency collaboration on this illegal trade is essential, including the navy and coast guards in a national task force approach, is essential to protect marine turtles in source countries,” added Compton. “Greater law enforcement effectiveness, including investigations and prosecution are important to increase deterrents against participating in wildlife crime.”

All international commercial trade in marine turtles is illegal under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

We’re watching

“This timely workshop shows that these source countries are paying attention to what’s happening to marine turtles around the region and that they all share the same challenges,” said Joel Palma.

“Since turtles are transboundary in nature, protecting them requires a more cohesive and integrated approach. This workshop is a major step towards that direction,” added Palma.

The Coral Triangle is home to six of the seven known species of marine turtles including Green, Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Flatback, Olive Ridley, and Leatherback.

 

WWF Workshop In Palawan Aims to Steer Fisheries From Rough Seas

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Palawan SSF Workshop (Gregg Yan & WWF)Artisanal Fisherman with Sailfish  (Gregg Yan)Press Release:
“We work harder now to catch less fish than we used to,” admits Billy Atung, a fisherman from Tawi-Tawi in the Southern Philippines. “The sea is just not what it used to be.”
Unfortunately, half-a-century of unsustainable fishing has led to the depletion – even the collapse – of some of the world’s fish stocks. Oftentimes, chronic poverty and fledgling management capacity impedes recovery.
Small Scale Fisheries (SSF) definition varies depending on locale, but generally employs traditional low-technology techniques and vessels for either subsistence or commercial operations. SSF currently employs 90% of the world’s capture fishers (half of which are women) while providing 50% of global yields and 60% of wild-caught seafood.
On the other hand, Aquaculture has now bypassed the amount of seafood caught from the wild, with an estimated 90 million tonnes produced annually. To promote the sustainability of global marine resources which form the production base for food, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) via its Global Marine Programme (GMP) works to develop the small scale fisheries and aquaculture industry. The goal is to protect the lives and livelihoods of the world’s small scale fishers, and to assure food security around their communities. Furthermore, there is a need to value and highlight the services provided by the ecosystems such as the coral reefs, mangroves and sea-grass beds from which fisheries and aquaculture depend on.
Taking off from an earlier meeting last March in Mombasa, Kenya, 26 participants from a host of nations convened in the primeval Philippine island of Palawan to develop strategies for the improvement of governance, innovative tools for sustainability and stakeholder incentives. The results intend to provide small scale fishers and the small scale aquaculture business with a clearer roadmap to sustainability.
“Our vision is for SSF and aquaculture in developing countries to be effectively and sustainably managed. This in turn contributes to local food security, livelihoods and overall ecological productivity,” says WWF Global Marine Programme (GMP) Director John Tanzer. “With over 20 years of experience working with small scale fishers across the globe, the power of the WWF network can make a difference in people’s lives.”