UPV ICFAS 2016 addresses issues on sustainable fisheries
As an archipelagic country, the Philippines relies heavily on the produce of the sea. Many of the major population centers are located on coastal areas comprising mostly of fishing villages and among the poorest sectors in our society. Our county’s aquatic environment economically supports important fishery resources. It provides essential livelihood to many local folks and food security for the entire populace.
Overfishing, aquatic pollution, destructive fishing methods, devastation of aquatic habitats, and the threat of climate change beset the aquatic environment and the fisheries industry.
Among the many initiatives to prevent, rehabilitate, and sustain fisheries production this include the establishment of marine protected areas, the introduction of Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management, use of interdisciplinary studies that incorporates both the natural and social sciences, and the creation of regional/global networks. However, there is still a need to properly downstream these initiatives to the local situations to come up with successful results.
UP Visayas has organized the 2nd International Conference on Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences in response to this need. It will deal with issues relating to the localization of global concepts that can hopefully help in pursuing a sustainable future for the fisheries industry.
The conference will be held on January 26-27, 2016 at the Amigo Terrace Hotel, Iloilo City. It will be attended by participants coming from various parts of the country and from Japan, Malaysia, Korea and other ASEAN country members.
With UPV as convenor, the conference is funded by the UP system administration and supported by the Department of Tourism, the Province of Iloilo, and the Department of Agriculture’s National Fisheries Research and Development Institute and its Bureau of Agricultural Research.
In addition, a “Strategy Planning and Priority Setting for Harvest Control Rules and Reference Points of RA 10654” will be held on January 28, 2016 at the same venue which will tackle amendments on the Philippine Fisheries Code.