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Jul 26, 2016 @ 3:35

‘Monitor commercial fishing in Tañon Strait’

DUMAGUETE CITY—Local stakeholders called for the monitoring of illegal and commercial fishing in the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS), the largest marine protected area in the Philippines. Oceana is pilot-testing the use of vessel-monitoring technology to track fishing activities within the protected seascape.

“Tañon Strait is one of the top marine biodiversity hot spots in the country. A strong monitoring mechanism is necessary to ensure that our marine wealth is protected against illegal commercial and destructive fishing,” lawyer Gloria Estenzo Ramos, vice president for Oceana Philippines, said in a news release.

Ramos observed that despite the area’s protected status, overfishing, unregulated coastal “developments,” and pollution, among other challenges, persist, which impair fish habitats and adversely affect the livelihoods of artisanal fishermen.

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