'Protect local fishing grounds'
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Two environment groups are opposing the opening of municipal waters to commercial fishers, to give priority access to small fisherfolk and prevent further collapse of fishing grounds. Oceana Philippines and Philippine Earth Justice Center (PEJC) said municipal fishing grounds would be further exploited if bigger commercial fishing vessels, which are almost three times bigger than the municipal boats, would be allowed to fish in municipal waters. “Our municipal waters are the spawning and nursing grounds of fish. If we protect it, we can ensure the continuous supply of fish, which will provide long-term seafood security, especially for our municipal fishers who depend on the sea for their food and livelihood,” said Marianne Pan Saniano, marine scientist from Oceana Philippines.
'Protect local fishing grounds'. (2018, September 24). Manila Standard, p. B4.
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Fishing grounds; Commercial fishing; Fishers; Nursery grounds; Spawning; Seafood; Food security; Fishery regulations; Fishing vessels; Overfishing; Oceana Philippines; Philippine Earth Justice Center (PEJC); Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR); Saniano, Marianne Pan; Ramos, Gloria Estenzo
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