Fishing resources

Fishermen pledge to protect and defend PH marine and aquatic resources – Manila Bulletin

Fishermen, along with other environmental organizations based in the Philippines, are committed to the ongoing defense and protection of the marine and aquatic resources of the Philippines.

The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) fishermen’s group on Sunday (September 11th) announced its goal to further protect the country’s aquatic and marine resources from potential destructive projects, making clear their opposition to reclamation.

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The goal was once again publicly broadcast when the People’s Network for Integrity of Coastal Habitats and Ecosystems (People’s Niche), an alliance of local organizations working for coastal restoration, was recognized as one of the “Coral Champions”. for working hard to protect the oceans.

Organizations behind People’s Niche included Pamalakaya, Center for Environmental Concerns – Philippines, Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology – University of the Philippines Diliman, Advocates of Science and Technology for the People, Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment, Kalikasan Partylist, Alliance for Stewardship and Authentic Progress, Philippine Earth Justice Center, and Central Visayas Fisherfolk Development Center Inc.

For the national president of Pamalakaya, Fernando Hicap, this recognition affirmed the “validity” of their struggles to protect fishing communities as well as the waters of the country.

“Philippine fishermen are the very first to promote a balanced and sustainable marine ecosystem in the name of protecting the environment and all the lives that fundamentally depend on it,” said Hicap.

Pamalakaya has actively aired her science-based opposition against reclamation projects in the Philippines, such as the Manila Bay project, reiterating that such activities not only harm the environment but also people.

Instead of rehabilitation, Filipino fishermen previously recommended the reforestation of mangroves in Manila Bay. Mangroves are known for their ability to provide nursery grounds for fish and shrimp and also for their potential to protect coastal areas and communities from storm surges and tidal currents.