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A holistic approach to addressing IUU fishing October 23,2020   |  Source: INQUIRER.net

In the constant battle against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in the country, numbers alone do not tell the whole story. According to the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Fish Right Project, the human element has to be considered too, for any positive impact to take place in just one site.

For the longest time, regulators and enforcers have measured their efforts based on the number of violators apprehended, the number of required patrol boats, equipment, training, and other resources they need.

However, according to Rollan Geronimo, Fish Right’s IUU Fishing Specialist through the Marine Environment and Resources Foundation, Inc., “Understanding IUU fishing requires recognizing a complex interplay of factors that include looking at the perspectives of fishers and their motivations, moving towards incentivizing the act of going legal, and overcoming the task of quantifying its prevalence.”

Early this year, Geronimo, together with his colleagues Atty. Wilmon Peñalosa and Jomel Babao, have initiated a new way of measuring IUU fishing in the Calamianes Group of Islands in Palawan. Ideal for its vast marine waters and rich marine biodiversity, the area is also a longtime site of several research efforts by local and

Theme(s): Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods.

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