The Sustainable Fisheries Programme was added to the core project activities of People and the Sea in 2019. It offers a holistic approach to achieve the goals of marine conservation in Malapascua Island.
Many families still rely solely on fishing as their primary source of income, despite tourism having quickly developed over the past 20 years. Tourism has brought more jobs and opportunities for the community; however, it also raises important socio economic challenges.
The need for this programme arose from People and the Sea’s observation of the economic and social fisherfolk community. The Sustainable Fisheries Project “Get the Fisherfolk Involved” is an initiative to support the members of this community, and provide linkages between all marine resource stakeholders (government, fisherfolk, private businesses, dive sector).