Addressing Poverty In Coastal Communities

The paper argues that the fisherfolks are among the poorest and the
fishery sector as among the more vulnerable sectors in agriculture. The
sector confronts environment degradation, unfair competition, lack of
access to services and inefficient implementation of fishery laws.

The paper argues that the fisherfolks are among the poorest and the
fishery sector as among the more vulnerable sectors in agriculture. The
sector confronts environment degradation, unfair competition, lack of
access to services and inefficient implementation of fishery laws.

The paper listed a number of recommendations to reinvigorate the
Philippine fishing industry, including the need for greater government
support and subsidy to the municipal fishery sector and security of
land and marine tenure and stewardship agreements. It proposed a
community-based approach to resource management as an alternative
fisheries development strategy.

The paper asserted the need to study the sectoral dynamics in a coastal
community for an effective anti-poverty program. Disaggregating
fisheries sector data and developing appropriate indicators are
important steps in targeting coastal communities for poverty
alleviation. The paper criticized the utter bias of the government
towards aquaculture, ignoring the more sustainable municipal fisheries
sector that can become the backbone of the fishing industry.

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