The human communities that depend on marine resources are a critical part of marine conservation. Working with people who have first-hand knowledge of the ecosystems that sustain them, Project Seahorse works with coastal communities in the Philippines, helping them to manage their marine resource sustainably and ensure food security.
We have mentored, created and developed an alliance of small-scale fishers, KAMADA, on Danajon Bank in the Philippines, to establish marine reserves and enforce fishing laws (includes more than 800 families with chapters in 21 communities); funded 33 children of Filipino fishing families to complete high school, in exchange for participating as marine conservation apprentices.
- Evaluating the social and economic impacts on a small-scale fishery involving a threatened species (seahorses) (Philippines)
- Developing regional coastal resource management programs in the central Philippines
- Managing fisheries and adjusting supply through community-based conservation
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Martin-Smith, K.M., M.A. Samoilys, J.J. Meeuwig and A.C.J. Vincent (2004) Collaborative development of management options for an artisanal fishery for seahorses in the central Philippines. Ocean & Coastal Management 47(3-4):165-193
Pajaro, M.G., J.J. Meeuwig, B.G. Giles, and A.C.J. Vincent (2004) Biology, fishery and trade of sea moths (Pisces: Pegasidae) in the central Philippines. Oryx 38(4):432-438