EDF to partner with BFAR to implement science-based management
In a dramatic step forward for Asia-Pacific and global ocean conservation, the Philippines has begun implementing sustainable fishing reforms with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) as a partner providing critical support on science and policy.
EDF is a leading international nonprofit organization that creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems in different countries.
“Healthy fisheries are critical to the well-being of all Filipinos, and we are committed to making fishing sustainable nationwide,” said Eduardo Gongona, Department of Agriculture (DA) undersecretary for fisheries and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) director.
The Philippines is a top fishing nation in the Asia-Pacific region and boasts the highest marine diversity on the planet. Seafood is considered critical to the country’s food security.
“We applaud the Philippines for this extraordinary commitment,” said John Mimikakis, vice president for Asia with EDF’s Oceans program.
“EDF is proud to be partnering with the Philippine fisheries bureau to set an example for the region and the rest of the world for how to build policies that can improve food security and provide economic development, while at the same time recovering fisheries,” he added.