Partnership Program Towards Sustainable Tuna
The Partnership Program Towards Sustainable Tuna (PPTST) is a partnership between WWF Germany, WWF Philippines, the DEG development bank and partners from the private sector (see Summary Table, Section 3.1). The project works in close collaboration with local partners from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in two regions, and also works with the national authorities to improve fisheries and traceability legislation. The project focuses on artisanal handline fishers in the Philippines who target yellowfin tuna for export to Europe. Most of the products are exported as fresh loins but frozen products are exported as well.
WWF, COOP, Bell Schweiz AG, Sea Fresh B.V., New England Seafood
Artesmar® is a unique initiative for fishery improvement, dedicated to artisanal small-scale fisheries worldwide. The program recognizes high catch selectivity and low impacts on aquatic habitats as important merits of many small-scale fisheries.
Artesmar® addresses the specific challenges of small-scale fisheries and offers a functional framework for stepwise fishery improvement. By creating direct market access for seafood caught by smallholder fishers, the initiative uses market-incentivized processes and socioeconomic benefits as key drivers for the development of more sustainable business and fishing practices.
Meliomar and BlueYou
Rehabilitating the Philippine fisheries sector through sustainable fishing practices
After Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in 2013, the rehabilitation process of the fisheries sector presented the opportunity to introduce improved practices and help small-scale traders and fish processors add more value to their production. Paving the way for more sustainable development, FAO worked closely with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and local authorities to restore the fisheries-related livelihoods of nearly 18 000 fisher households in the regions of Eastern Visayas, Western Visayas and northern Palawan. Because the Philippines is at high risk of recurring natural disasters, FAO provided safety at sea training and technical assistance to coastal communities along with developing fisheries management improvement plans to contribute to more sustainable fishing practices.
STRIDE Innovation for Development Grants for Science and Technology
The Science, Technology, Research, and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) is the flagship science and technology program by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Philippines that will spur inclusive economic growth by boosting science and technology research.
USAID/Philippines has launched the new STRIDE Innovation for Development (SID) Grants for Science and Technology and is now accepting applications from Philippine academic institutions collaborating with civil society groups such as non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, people’s organizations, cooperatives, and others for up to 12 months of joint research.
One of the priority areas for research is aquaculture.
The goal of the project is to empower the world’s poorest coastal communities to not just change the way they fish today, but to Fish Forever.
This global initiative realizes the potential of a comprehensive, locally led conservation opportunity, where people can simultaneously strengthen local economies, improve food security and protect nature.
One of the five target countries in this program is the Philippines.
RARE, The Environmental Defence Fund and the Sustainable Fisheries Group at the University of California
In line with the vision of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) vision of inclusive growth and to support the shared objective of the GPH and the U.S. Government to produce transformative impact through their Partnership for Growth program, the five-year (2012-2017) ECOFISH Project will build on progress made under USAID’s Fisheries Improved for Sustainable Harvest (FISH) Project (2004-2010) toward conserving marine biodiversity, enhancing ecosystem productivity and improving fisheries and related livelihoods in eight marine key biodiversity areas in the Philippines, namely: (1) Lingayen Gulf, (2) Verde Island Passage, (3) Calamianes Island Group, (4) Ticao-San Bernardino-Lagonoy Gulf, (5) Danajon Reef, (6) South Negros Island, (7) Surigao del Sur and del Norte, and (8) Sulu Archipelago.
The Bloomberg Philanthropies Vibrant Oceans Initiative supports a ground breaking approach to reform both local and industrial fishing simultaneously. Their approach integrates financial strategies to ease the transition to more sustainable fishing.
Coral Triangle Initiative
A multilateral partnership between the Coral Triangle nations, known as the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF), was established in 2009 to elevate conservation commitments and plans of action to the regional and national levels.