The NGOs for Fisheries Reform (NFR), an Oxfam partner, is heating up Facebook with a call for the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to declare that Philippine fishing grounds have reached a tipping point. Overfishing has a negative impact on poor communities who depend on fisheries for income and food. Support this photo action by making it your profile picture on Facebook and copying and pasting the text below as your status message. You can also visit Oxfam Pilipinas or the NGOs for Fisheries Reform, Inc. Facebook pages where the photo is available for reposting.
Your status message: “Based on the National Stock Assessment Program by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR), most of the major Philippine fishing grounds have reached their sustainable limits. For the past several years, we have been calling for DA-BFAR to publicly declare that the Philippine fisheries is in crisis. Yet, our calls have fallen on deaf ears despite the pronounced effect of overfishing to the people who directly depend on fisheries for their income and subsistence. Our future is at stake. We may end up without fish, the primary source of animal protein of Filipinos, if we do not implement fisheries management that works and fits in the Philippines. One step for fisheries management to be successful is for DA-BFAR, the main government institution that ensures steady supply of fish in the country, to acknowledge the issue of overfishing.”