The Perceived Benefits of Marine Protected Areas by Fishers in Batangas, Philippines


Badi R. Samaniego*, Carmelita M. Rebancos
Vol 22 No 1 (2019), pp. 1-12

 

Abstract:

 

The study investigated the relationships between catch, fish sizes and the attitudes of fishers towards marine protected areas (MPA) along the coasts of San Luis, Bauan, Mabini, Lobo, San Juan, Batangas, their benefits to fisheries, and the attitudes of local fishers towards MPAs. Data and information from a select group of 209 fisher respondents who represented young, moderate and old MPAs. The catches and fish sizes reportedly dropped after MPA establishment at locations with young, moderate and old MPAs. Nevertheless, attitudes of fishers towards MPAs were positive especially at locations with long-established MPAs. Tourism-based livelihoods accounted for the positive attitude of fishers towards MPAs at the young and old MPA sites where tourism was better developed. At least 65% of the respondents from the young MPA and 35% of the respondents from the old MPA sites were engaged in tourism-related activities.

 

Keywords: local perception, marine protected areas


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