March 6 to 7, 2019 ‖ ALYZA NOELLE TAN
Last March 6 to 7, 2019, the Department of Agriculture- Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA- BFAR), the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) and Rare Philippines co-hosted the 2019 National Coastal Fisheries Summit at Radisson Blu Hotel, Cebu City.
The summit brought over more than 200 Mayors from the coastal municipalities, BFAR regional and provincial staff, and representatives from various national government agencies. The National Fisheries summit aims to discuss and seek solutions for the emerging issues that the coastal municipalities and local governments face, and inspire communities to achieve sustainable fisheries and effective coastal resources management.
The summit discussed several issues tackling coastal resource management such as the Preferential Rights of Municipal Fishers, Impacts of Climate Change, Sustainable Financing, Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUUF) and Enforcement, and National Integrated Protected Areas Systems (NIPAS) and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Outputs of the Summit includes resolutions, policy recommendations, and set- up of inter-agency, multi- sectoral committees to help address the issues discussed.
The Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation was an exhibitor during the event, offering partnerships with LGUs, NGOs and POs as well as giving out interactive coastal resource management books such as the Jack’s Tale and Biodiversity