NOAA scientists train high-level fisheries and environment officials of the Philippines on an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management

By Adel Heenan and Kathryn Dennis

Dr. Rusty Brainard, Dr. Adel Heenan, and Mr. Max Sudnovsky of the PIFSC Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) facilitated a training workshop on an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) for leaders, executive, and decision makers (LEAD) in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines, on March 14–15, along with Dr. Robert Pomeroy and Nygiel Armada of the U.S. Coral Triangle Initiative Coral Triangle Support Partnership and Dr. Michael Pido, vice president of research and extension at Palawan State University. Funding for this training was provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Regional Development Mission Asia, and the workshop was organized by the Philippines Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Philippines.

Participants in this 2-day workshop included BFAR national director Asis Perez; Governor Felipe Hilan Nava of the Province of Guimaras; Li-ann de Leon, executive director of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP); regional directors from 9 of the 13 BFAR fisheries regions in the Philippines; 3 regional technical directors from the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); and representatives from the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI), Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries (ECOFISH) Project, which is a continuation of the Fisheries Improved for Sustainable Harvest (FISH) Project, WWF Philippines, and Conservation International-Philippines. For a full list of participants, see the end of this story.

This EAFM LEAD course is the third one that CRED staff and partners have conducted in the Coral Triangle region. Similar to the structure of the other two workshops held in Malaysia and Timor-Leste, the format of the training in the Philippines included a mixture of presentations and facilitated discussion on why, what, and how to implement an EAFM at national to local levels, with reference to the existing fisheries management policies and practices in the Philippines.

In line with the Philippines culture of participatory management processes, the workshop was viewed as a success. Most participants expressed appreciation for increased knowledge of an EAFM and, in evaluations, reported that the course had “very good” or “excellent” value for furthering of the goals of their agencies. Follow this link for a 28-page summary report on this training course.

At the conclusion of the workshop, BFAR Director Perez identified the next immediate step for the Philippines: after consultation with the BFAR management committee, the next step is the development of a policy statement to fully implement Integrated Coastal Management combined with principles of an EAFM. Perez requested support from USAID for continued work with NOAA on an EAFM. Incorporation of an EAFM into fisheries management efforts in the Philippines, he said, would help to address the challenge of securing sustainable fisheries, reducing poverty, and ensuring more equitable benefits from fisheries.

Participants pose on March 15 for a group shot during a 2-day training workshop on an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management for leaders, executive, and decision makers in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines. NOAA photo

Participants pose on March 15 for a group photo during a 2-day training workshop on an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management for leaders, executive, and decision makers in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines. NOAA photo

Participants
Regional Director Nestor Domenden—BFAR Region 1
Ms. Margirie Asunto—BFAR Region 1
Regional Director Jovita Ayson—BFAR Region 2
Dr. Angel Encarnacion—BFAR 2
Mr. Neil Catibog—BFAR Region 3
Ms. Virginia Bartolome—BFAR Region 4A
Ms. Leah Villanueva—BFAR 4A
Regional Director Ruben Jardin—BFAR Region 4B
Mr. Arnold Velarde—BFAR Region 5
Ms. Remia Aparri—BFAR Region 6
Regional Director Andres Bojos—BFAR Region 7
Regional Director John Albaladejo—BFAR Region 8
Assistant Regional Director Justerie Granali—BFAR Region 8
Regional Director Sahadulla Sajili—BFAR Region 9
Ms. Gigi Albor—BFAR Region 10
Regional Director Fatma Idris—BFAR Region 11
Regional Director Ambutong Pautong—BFAR Region 12
Regional Director Nereo Casil—BFAR Region 13
Mr. Macmod Mamalangkap—BFAR Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
Regional Technical Director Geronimo Sequito—DENR Region 12
Regional Technical Director Felix Mendoza—DENR Region 5
Mr. Felipe Callorina—DENR Region 10
Regional Technical Director Mario Eludo—DENR Region 13
Mr. Enrique Pasion—DENR Region 2
Governor Felipe Hilan Nava—Province of Guimaras
Mr. Prime Premne—Conservation International-Philippines
Executive Director Li-ann de Leon—LMP
Ms. Bernadette Soliven—BFAR Fisheries Resources Management Division
Mr. Noel Barut—NFRDI
Mr. Geronimo Silvestre—ECOFISH Project
Mr. Albert Vargas—ECOFISH Project
Assistant Director Drusila Esther Bayate—BFAR central office
National Director Asis Perez—BFAR central office
Mr. Lawrence Ang—ECOFISH Project
Mr. Thomas Buck—ECOFISH Project

Secretariat
Ms. Jessica Munoz—BFAR
Ms. Aida Santos—BFAR
Mr. Francisco Tumamak—BFAR
Ms. Michelle Bajada
Ms. Michelle Allauigan
Ms. Luz Baskinas—WWF Philippines
Mr. Paul Saludar—WWF Philippines
Mr. Joseph Eijansantos—WWF Philippines

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