Watchdogs of the Sea: Bantay Dagat

Barbara Goldoftas

in The Green Tiger

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195135114
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199868216 | DOI:
Watchdogs of the Sea: Bantay Dagat

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The Philippines depends on its coastal coral reef fisheries as a critical source of livelihood and seafood for both export and domestic consumption. By the mid-1990s, these fisheries had been over-exploited by both large-scale commercial and small-scale subsistence fishermen. Nearly all the coastal fisheries had been over-fished, and three-fourths of the coral reefs were being eroded. This chapter profiles Apo Island, one of the oldest marine protected areas in the country; the scientific research on marine conservation and coastal resource management that led to its creation; and the challenges that the community has faced in maintaining its no-take zone. The chapter also describes the USAID-funded Coastal Resource Management Project and its work building local government capacity to manage coastal resources at a larger scale, using Malalag Bay, Mindanao, as an example.

Keywords: coral reef fisheries; marine conservation; Apo island; marine protected areas; coastal resource management; USAID; Malalag Bay; Mindanao; no-take zone

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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