Fish Forever: Stemming the Tide of Coastal Overfishing

Rare’s program review of 41 project sites in Brazil, Indonesia and the Philippines encompasses:


The report synthesizes information from:

In-water surveys of coral reefs and reef fish
Surveys of individuals and households
Catch records from fishing trips

Highlights from the research


Biological results

60 managed access with reserve areas built or strengthened, encompassing:

  • 600,000 hectares of coastal waters
    (about twice the area of Yosemite National Park)
  • 27,000 hectares of fully-protected reserves
    (about 80 New York City Central Parks)


Fish Forever is facilitating ecosystem recovery. After three years in the Philippines and Indonesia:

  • Targeted fish populations remained stable or increased at 97% of the sites.
  • Coral cover remained stable or increased inside reserves at 80% of the sites.


Social results

Management strengthened: 51 management bodies representing 259 communities strengthened or established to oversee managed access waters, reserves, and fishing activities.

Communities activated: Meeting attendance, engagement in monitoring and surveillance, reporting violations, fisher and boat registration, and participation in catch recording all show significant improvement.

People inspired: Increased confidence in food and economic security.



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