WWF-Philippines launches new job for tuna fishers

Next the certification of five Occidental Mindoro municipalities under the Maritime Stewardship Council (MSC) previous October 2021, Planet Vast Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines released a new project to deal with put up-harvest decline of tuna and revenue diversification among tuna fishers.

Undertaking Buhay: Tuna Habambuhay, Dagdag Hanapbuhay focuses on sustainable tuna and option livelihoods for tuna fishers and women.

The task has two major parts – Tuna Habambuhay, which pertains to sustainable tuna, and Dagdag Hanapbuhay, which addresses alternative livelihoods.

“The main goals of the project contain serving to tuna fishers receive extra from their catch by strengthening product high-quality and publish-processing to reduce squandered tuna, and diversifying their revenue by introducing feasible different livelihoods when empowering women to control these livelihoods,” stated. Melody Melo-Rijk, Job Buhay’s Project Supervisor.

The task aims to aid secure investments and funds funding to support these recognized livelihoods,  and to share local community tales, finest procedures, and lessons realized to encourage replication in other communities and corporations.

WWF-Philippines has been empowering the neighborhood tuna fishing communities in Occidental Mindoro to manage, through strengthening the tuna fishing associations, and instructing sustainable fishing procedures in the past ten years.

Berny Castillano, the recent President of the Occidental Mindoro Federal Tuna Federation Association (OMFTFA) has labored with WWF-Philippines since the early levels of the project. He experienced generally felt that the  fisherfolk sector is an typically missed sector in the modern society,with extremely minor guidance becoming gained from the authorities. With the help of WWF-Philippines, the OMFTFA was started, and this led to the development of the Occidental Mindoro Tuna Administration Approach and the Integrated Fisheries and Aquatic Useful resource Management Council (IFARMC) which strengthened the governing administration representation of tuna fishers. WWF-Philippines also performed a Fisheries Improvement Application (FIP) and other endeavours that culminated in earning the MSC certification in 2021, the to start with in the Philippines.

Irrespective of these successes, tuna fishers nonetheless encounter a multitude of issues that WWF-Philippines hopes to relieve with Task Buhay. Some of which are the lack of very good top quality ice and chilly storage, non-operational Local community Fish Landing Facilities, and money insecurity from growing charges and fluctuating tuna price ranges.

A launch function for the job was formerly held in Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro for the municipalities of Mamburao, Paluan and Sta. Cruz on July 19, while a next run of the function was held in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro for the municipalities of Sablayan, Rizal and Calintaan on July 21. Both situations have been attended by associates from the Provincial Governing administration of Occidental Mindoro, Community Governing administration Units of the six municipalities, Integrated FARMCS, Women’s Team Savings Personal loan Committees, Provincial Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Occidental Mindoro Tuna Federation and Tuna Fishers Associations.

Throughout the start, Paluan Mayor Michael de Ocampo Diaz and Conchita Roldan, Regional Fisherfolk Director of BFAR’s Mangingisdang Direktor Program, both pledged to support the project and to carry on helping the tuna fishers of Mindoro. In the meantime, Sablayan Mayor Walter Marquez vowed to revisit present guidelines that shield and support fisherfolk and their implementation.

Task Buhay, with the worldwide name of “Mindoro Strait Sustainable and Equitable Tuna for Bankability”, is funded by the European Union via their Swap Asia Grants Programme. The Member States of the European Union have decided to backlink alongside one another their know-how, methods and destinies. With each other, they have developed a zone of security, democracy and sustainable development whilst retaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is dedicated to sharing its achievements and its values with nations around the world and peoples beyond its borders.

This posting was created with the financial assist of the European Union. Its contents are the sole duty of WWF-Philippines and do not automatically mirror the sights of the European Union.

By AKDSEO