Press Release
March 31, 2010


Speaking at the Philippine Shrimp Industry (PhilShrimp) Congress, Senator Edgardo J. Angara warned that fish catches in the country are expected to decline dramatically because of climate change and massive fishing.

"According to The Canadian Fisheries University, one third of the fish stock of the world has already "collapsed" or has been reduced to less than 10 percent because of massive fishing." Angara noted.

He added, "The experts further warned that if we don't do something drastic, the fish stock of the world will collapse by 2050."

With this, Angara urged the public to stop using destructive fishing methods and focus instead on sustainable fishing practices. "The usage of dynamite and other destructive methods has resulted to lower fish catch and marine degradation."

"We have been, for many years, a fish power of the world. We rank eight among the major producers of fisheries in the world and third in the production of aquatic plants like seaweeds. But unless we apply modern technology and modern science to conserving our fish stocks --- our fish supply will continue to dwindle.

The former Agriculture Secretary also underscored the need to invest heavily in research and development (R&D) in order to develop new technologies and unique approaches to catching fish

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