Payao Livelihood Project Increases Yield for Marginal Fishers

Posted: August 20, 2014


Pinamalayan and Gloria, Oriental Mindoro - Malampaya Foundation Inc (MFI)-supported fisherfolk organisations in the municipalities of Pinamalayan and Gloria in Oriental Mindoro have observed increases in fish catch yields by a range of 3-8kg/day since MFI and the organisations launched the payao livelihood projects in March and April of this year.


The payao projects have likewise helped reduce fishing effort amongst the fisher-members by some 50-90% and organisation leaders have cited initial improvement in daily income-levels. The payaos, while serving as an established fishing area for local fishers, are also functioning as boundaries to deter outsiders and commercial fishers from encroaching into municipal waters.

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Beneficiaries of the payao projects are Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Mangingisda ng Barangay Banilad, Samahan ng Mangingisda ng Ranzo and Samahan ng Mangingisda ng Agsalin, all of whom signed a conservation covenant with MFI and the local governments as part of the Verde Island Passage Conservation Program.


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