The Roadmap to Recovery for the Philippine Oceans is an urgent proposal to reverse the deteriorating condition of the country’s marine resources – the need to safeguard the health of our oceans, the viability of coastal communities and national food security is the key guiding principle. The Aquino Administration will have a significant role to play in the transition from a regime of over-exploitation to a sustainable fisheries management regime.
This Roadmap constitutes a resounding call for the national leadership to convene a crisis team that will formulate and implement the changes needed to ensure healthy seas and sustainable fisheries. The crisis team has four goals to accomplish in response to the urgent call for action:
• Manage fishing capacity;
• Improve conditions of critical ecosystems;
• Improve the well-being of people reliant upon our seas; and
• Strengthen the management functions of the government.
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