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Issue No:84
  • :0976 1121
  • :December
  • :2020

Samudra Report No.84, December 2020


Philippines / Land Rights

Fishy Tourism

Coastal communities cannot transition from fishing to tourism when land tenure rights are weak. An example

This article by Michael Fabinyi ( and Hannah Taylor of the University of Technology Sydney, is based on Fabinyi, M. 2019. ‘The role of land tenure in livelihood transitions from fishing to tourism’. Maritime Studies early online view, available open-access at:

In the Philippines, the growth of tourism has coincided with widespread declines in the fishing industry, causing a host of challenges as coastal communities negotiate this change. At the heart of this transition is land tenure; it determines the outcome of this transition.

The recent increase in coastal tourism has been greeted with general support from various bodies and organizations. The government considers the industry an important aspect of economic growth, while conservationist groups have welcomed what is considered to be a sustainable alternative to fishing for coastal communities. Meanwhile, widespread overfishing and environmental degradation has led to a decline in profitability for fisheries. Restrictive government regulations have been introduced to combat...

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