INCREASE TRANSPARENCY FOR ALL COMMERCIAL FISHING VESSELS!
In 2019, illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing amounted to 27 to 40 percent of fish caught in the Philippines. And as of February 2023, only 58% of commercial fishing vessels have conformed to the amendments of the Fisheries Code requiring vessel monitoring measures.
The science is clear that overfishing, pervasive illegal fishing practices and destruction of habitats are among the causes for the alarming depletion of our fish population and marine resources. And IUU fishing has resounding destructive impacts on Philippines fisheries and marine ecosystems, food, nutritional, and national security - as well as the lives of coastal communities and artisanal fisherfolk dependent solely on a healthy ocean for sustence.
That's why it's critical for President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. to immediately lift the suspension of FAO 266 and direct its full implementation to ensure that effective measures for transparency, traceability, and accountability in fisheries management are in place.
Use your voice! Sign the petition to tackle IUU fishing today.