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Fisheries Management Options for Visayan Sea, Philippines: The Case of Northern Iloilo

  • Alice Joan G. FerrerEmail author
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Abstract

The paper examined the nature of Visayan Sea and identified potentially viable options to protect the fish and help fishers earn a living. The focus was on the northern Iloilo fishery, which comprises almost half of the Visayan Sea. Ten management options, identified from various sources, were presented to stakeholders (i.e., fishers, fishery scientists, and fishery managers). These options consisted of status quo, input controls (ban of commercial fishing, ban of commercial fishing with safety nets, marine protected area, closed season, reduction in the number of commercial and municipal fishers, localization, and rotational fishing regime), output control (quota), and the creation of a special management unit. The evaluation was done in two stages: Stage 1 ruled out options with no or low impact on increasing fish stocks. The options that passed stage 1 advanced to stage 2, where each option was evaluated using a set of criteria (impact on fishers, impact on the resources, feasibility, cost to the government, and impact to the community). Feedbacks from the stakeholders were obtained through focus group discussions and in-depth personal interviews. The potentially viable options (fishing bans with and without safety nets, marine protected area, reduction in the number of municipal and commercial fishers, localization and the creation of a special management unit) were discussed. This study recommends using several combinations of management options (rather than a single one) and establishing a single management body (to be pilot tested in northern Iloilo) in the implementation of any management program in all portions of the Visayan Sea and for all its fishers.

Keywords

Visayan Sea Management options Fishery management Northern Iloilo 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Social SciencesUniversity of the Philippines VisayasIloiloPhilippines

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