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ADB Funds Fight Dynamite Fishing

when slorc isnt blowing up villages, its more than plausible they have a
hand in blowing up fish and destroying precious coral and underwater
life in burmese waters. any info on this? 

dawn star

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> MANILA, Philippines, October 23, 1997 (ENS) - Fishing with explosives and
> the deadly poison cyanide is devastating coral reefs in many places around
> southeast Asia.
> Now the Asian Development Bank is acting to combat this destructive
> practice in the Philippine islands. Efforts to protect the Philippines'
> fisheries resources and reduce poverty among subsistence fisherfolk will be
> strengthened by loans totalling US$ 35.2 million approved last week by the
> Asian Development Bank.
> The Fisheries Resource Management Project aims to reverse the trend of
> declining fisheries resources in municipal waters caused by overfishing and
> destructive fishing techniques involving the use of cyanide and dynamite.
> Eighteen out of the 26 priority bays around the Philippines will benefit
> from the project.
> Some 100 communities of municipal fisherfolk will share in the funding, the
> Bank says. Roughly 95 per cent of these people now live below the poverty
> line. The project will encourage small-scale fisherfolk to seek alternative
> forms of livelihood such as in cottage industries or fish farming.
> The project will also strengthen the capacity of government agencies in
> charge of fisheries management, especially at the local level.
> Non-governmental organizations will be involved helping fisherfolk form
> self-help groups, mobilize savings, develop small businesses and help
> rehabilitate and manage fisheries resources.
> The project, due to be completed by the end of 2003, will be executed by
> the Department of Agriculture and implemented by its Bureau of Fisheries
> and Aquatic Resources.
> There is a fish depletion crisis facing the Asian and Pacific region is the
> conclusion of a new fisheries policy paper which the Asian Development Bank
> approved October 16.
> Overfishing, excessively large fishing fleets, a high wastage rate among
> fish caught, and extensive degradation of coral reefs and mangrove forests
> are among the major causes of the crisis.
> Alarmed by the fish depletion, the ADB's new fisheries policy focuses on
> equity, efficiency and sustainability. The new policy represents a
> significant change from the Bank's 1979 fisheries policy which emphasized
> production.
> The new policy will effect the type of fisheries projects the Bank approves
> for its developing member countries. Many of the Bank's members have large
> fishing industries. In order of catch size they are: the People's Republic
> of China, Thailand, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, India, Philippines,
> Malaysia, Taipei, China and Viet Nam.
> The ADB will be paying special attention to the small island states, mainly
> in the Pacific, where the fisheries problems and solutions are different
> from those of their larger Asian neighbors.
> "We are moving away from resource exploitation and more towards resource
> management," says Robert May, deputy director of the ADB's Agriculture and
> Social Sectors Department (West) and one of the authors of the new policy
> paper.
> "We'll do less financing of fishing fleets and more shaping of policies to
> manage fisheries resources, which covers everything from controlling
> overfishing and destructive fishing to developing environmentally-friendly
> fish farming and helping subsistence fisherfolk find alternative sources of
> livelihood."
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