Environment, Poverty Alleviation

Davao fisherfolk to be trained on marine protection, fishery laws

October 17, 2016 By

Fisherfolk in Davao City will undergo a series of training sessions to promote awareness on marine environmental protection among the members of the fisheries sector.

The training will highlight conservation and fishery laws and how these can help the sector protect the source of their livelihood and improve their income.

It will be conducted in the observance of the 53rd Fish Conservation Week from October 17 to October 21.

Mary Moratin, head of the Davao City Agriculture Office’s Fishery Resource Management Services Division, said the training will benefit 36,000 members of the Federation of Fisherfolks Associations of Davao City who are spread across 24 coastal villages.

The sessions are ultimately aimed at cultivating a “sense of volunteerism among fisherfolks and develop them as potential partners in the implementation of coastal environment conservation programs.”

Tirso Avila, chair of the Tibungco Fisherfolks Association, said being organized has made easier for fisherfolks to make a living, improve and gain more knowledge on fishing techniques, gain support from concerned agencies and most importantly security in the coastal communities with the discontinuation of dynamite fishing.

“Fish yields in the past have started to decline with dynamite fishing and stopping people from continuously doing so has placed our security and that of our families in danger because of threats,” said the 63-year-old Avila.

Avila is thankful that the city government has extended help to them. Avila’s group also recently received fishing boats from the national government. They have volunteered to become members of sea watchers or ‘Bantay Laot’. CIO