Toward the sustainable development of the fisheries sector: an analysis of the Philippine Fisheries Code and the AFMA

Toward the sustainable development of the fisheries sector: an analysis of the Philippine Fisheries Code and the AFMA

The fisheries sector hosts some of the worst environmental problems of the Philippines. Because of this, it is a critical arena in the effort to attain a more sustainable form of development in the country. The search for solutions to the environmental problems in the fisheries sector has been going on for years. Amidst the current economic crisis engulfing much of Asia, however, this task may have been relegated to some degree as national attention focuses on more pressing economic issues and resources are allocated to meeting immediate needs.

The paper analyses the Philippine Fisheries Code in relation to the objective of sustainable development in the fisheries sector. The paper finds that some of the provisions in the Code promote sustainable development while a few other provisions are contentuous. It argues that the good provisions be implemented forcefully and immediately by the pertinent offices while the bad provisions be further studied and amended in time, if need be.

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