Authors : Russel P. Galindo; Rosemarie P. Duhaylungsod; Gilda L. Ilusorio; Robelyn Jane D. Tabil; Eugene G. Beringuel; Maria Kristina C. Vicente; Rodel L. Baldado
Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 12 - December
Google Scholar : https://bit.ly/3IIfn9N
Scribd : https://bit.ly/3I645j3
DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7480825
The marine and coastal ecosystems are
economically and culturally important, especially for the
people depending on them. However, these resources are
vulnerable to over-harvesting, pollution, coastal
development, and destructive fishing. The condition of
small-scale fisheries in the Philippines has deteriorated
due to these anthropogenic activities. Given this situation,
greater efforts are required for the country to develop
sustainable strategies to rehabilitate the coastal
environment and mitigate the declining marine resources.
This study is conducted to explore the views and
experiences of the local communities of their coastal
environment and resource conditions and the various searelated activities or situations that are happening in their
coastal areas. A total of 14 focus group discussions were
conducted in the 14 coastal barangays in Ozamiz City.
Five major themes emerged from the focus group
discussions: declining fish caught, the disappearance of
once-abundant fishes and marine resources, fishers using
illegal fishing methods or gears, domestic wastes in coastal
areas, and fishers traveling a long distance to catch fish.
The result of this study may generate useful information
and ideas that will serve as input for the coastal
rehabilitation plan of the local government in the city.
Keywords : Coastal Rehabilitation, Destructive Fishing, Local Communities, Marine Pollution, Overfishing