Sustainability of Philippine fisheries at risk

Fisheries experts on Thursday said that Filipino small-scale fishermen and fish pen owners should learn how to manage risks effectively to reduce the negative impacts of aquaculture on their fishes and on the environment.

Stephen Hall, director-general of the The Worldfish Center (TWC), said Filipino fisherfolk share the same set of challenges as other small-scale farmers everywhere.  Fishermen have to grapple with unhealthy fish stocks, climate change, and pollution from fish farms.

Hall, in a press briefing organized by Seaweb at the 10th International Seafood Summit, said nations usually have sufficient environmental policies in place to regulate aquaculture and fisheries.

However, there is “something to be desired” in how these policies are implemented, he said. “There are clearly more things to do at the national, regional, and global level,” he noted.

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