Fishing at Anilao: bad and getting worse
Posted 10 July 2017 - 07:19 PM
Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:27 PM
this is realy sad to hear!
Have seen the very small boats the fishermen were using, my respect for their work.
Once one brought a tune he catched with a single line to our resort for direct selling.
That brought him i think more money than the market, and us fresh tuna.
Getting in a net can be a deadly accident for divers.
Think this is the way to argument. A dead diver from a net will be the worst scenario for the resorts there.
Dont know the rules in the philippines, but normaly you have to stay away min 50m from a boat with diver flag!
Thanks for sharing and your work in this problem.
Posted 11 July 2017 - 02:01 PM
Posted 11 July 2017 - 04:59 PM
I've been having intensive discussions over the past few days with a number of people keenly interested in finding some constructive solutions. The goal will be to start forming a coalition of those with real skin in the game - resorts who pay taxes and employ locals, government offices charged with environmental protection and marine safety, conservation NGOs, the dive pro association.
I think it would be premature and counterproductive to start publicly naming and shaming (though that option isn't ruled out). One clarification for those not familiar with standard operating procedures here: most resorts don't own and operate the bancas, they arrange with local boat owners and DMs on a day-hire basis. I guess many are not even aware that some crews are fishing while guests are diving.
We want to make this about protecting the commons for safe and responsible joint use. It cannot be an anti-fishing campaign. Livelihoods for poor communities trump UW tourism, even if they can be mutually reinforcing.
As for travel to Anilao, I did not mean to discourage it although I can see that my post probably creates such an impression. We need to address the conflicts but the diving is very good and December is a great time to be here.