Fish Right program principal investigator, Ben Malayang III, is seeking more commitment to promote sustainable fishery practices in south Negros.
The FR program is an initiative between the Philippine and U.S. governments to increase fish production and improve management of fisheries and coastal resources.
It is implemented in three sites, namely, the Visayan Sea, Calamianes Group of Islands, and Southern Negros.
Part of its objectives is to improve the income of fisherfolk and the wellbeing of people in terms of food and protein security, and to enhance the people’s ability to respond and manage climate change-related risks and threats to the fishery ecosystems.
“We use multi-sector partnerships and coalition building as our pedagogy for exhibiting our own objective of sustainable fisheries by way of, among others, righting the scale of our fishing efforts to within the carrying capacity of our fishery, hence, the term fish right,” Malayang said.
“We believe, especially in Silliman and in the greater Negros community, that there is ethical and moral dimension in meeting to respect the rights of our fishes, to continue and sustain their population and their species. It is a moral obligation,” he added.
Gov. Roel Degamo thanked the U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development, for choosing Negros Oriental as one of the three sites to implement the FR program.
He said the project will benefit people residing in coastal communities, especially those who rely on fishing as their source of income and livelihood.
He added that the FR project will be an opportunity for agencies to synergize their efforts towards a sustainable fish harvest.*
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