San Remigio, Cebu - As part of its commitment to support the Philippine government, the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape Project, together with its implementing partners – the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI), conducted a writeshop on the Country Status Reports for Napoleon Wrasse and Sharks, Batoids and Chimaeras in Cebu City on August 22-26, 2016.
Conservation International Philippines, NGOs and marine experts participated in the activity. Participants from each region presented recorded market landings of napoleon wrasse and sharks from 2004 to present.Leaders of the National Stock Assessment Program from all regions, BFAR’s national office,
The writeshop updated and enhanced the government’s data development system, resulting to a more robust country status report and plan of action for the conservation and management of these priority species. Such comprehensive data is vital for the implementation of an Ecosystem-based Approach to Fisheries Management by the Philippine government, especially in important sites such as Balabac, Palawan and Turtle Islands, Tawi-tawi.
Napoleon wrasse and sharks are also among the priority species identified in the Coral Triangle Initiative’s Regional Plan of Action under the threatened species goal. Immediate next steps are to address data gaps particularly on trade and utilization from BFAR national office, and the refinement of the Philippines status reports and action plans.
The Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape Project remains committed to support BFAR in updating the red listing of threatened species in the country. #