Localised supply chains, which generated US$40 million in revenue for farmers during the pandemic, will continue even as Covid-19 restrictions ease. But the industry badly needs more research, technology and infrastructure, experts say.
Satellite data indicate an increase in the number of commercial fishing vessels operating off the Philippine coast coincided with the imposition of a lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, when marine patrols were reduced.
Fisheries authorities say it is remaining vigilant as poachers anticipate a dip in enforcement activity, but the ministry has seen its budget slashed by more than a quarter as the government reallocates funding for the Covid-19 response.
Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana –
Asia-Pacific's waters, and the people, food systems and fish stocks that depend on them, are under threat. Saving the region's oceans requires collaborative efforts, better data and transboundary ocean management.
Saleh Ahmed –
Bangladesh is on the front lines of climate change, but factors including money, gender and religion make some Bangladeshis much more vulnerable than others. Can it find inclusive ways to cope?
Robert Blasiak –
Patterns seen on land 70 years ago are now happening in the ocean as humanity turns to the ocean as a new engine of human development. What consequences does this have on our marine ecosystems?
While there is clear potential for the Blue Economy to provide jobs and growth especially to developing nations, the current level of exploitation of our oceans must first be addressed, warns WWF International's John Tanzer.
According to the WRI's new Creating a Sustainable Food Future report, innovative solutions are needed to close the gap between the food currently available and that needed by 2050, without destroying the environment. Here are 10 ideas.
Zafirah Zein –
On International Human Rights Day, Greenpeace releases shocking testimonies from Southeast Asian migrants working on board foreign fishing vessels, plying the remote waters to meet Asia's surging demand for seafood.
Micah Castelo, Mongabay.com –
The Philippine government has begun the process of relocating more than 200,000 families living along waterways to restore Manila Bay, the main body of water in the capital.
Jessica Cheam –
A new enterprise - Net-Works - by Interface and the Zoological Society of London, which recycles old fishing nets into carpets while lifting the incomes of poor fishing communities, is expanding from the Philippines' coastlines to Cameroon's lake reserves.
The new McKinsey report, Design for sustainable fisheries, explores the best means of establishing sustainable fisheries around the world, based on a clear understanding of the options and their biological …