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:
Highlights from the research
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.
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.