"If we improve the lives of these 33,206 fisherfolk from their estimated population of 1.8 million, we would be able to reduce poverty incidence in the Philippine fishery sector by 4 percent from 2012's 39.2 percent," BFAR National Director Asis Perez said.
An issue that BFAR hopes to address through Target's
resource management and protection component, Perez
added, is the illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, one of the root causes of poverty in the sector.
said this will be done through enhanced fishery law enforcement and strengthened regulatory activities, especially in identified areas.