Investments in social safety nets can help diversity the income of fisherfolk and help their communities recover from the socio-economic impact of COVID-19.

In the fishing communities of South Negros, the online marketplace dubbed Fish Tiangge was cited as among such noteworthy initiatives. Launched by Silliman University at the height of the pandemic in May, it was adopted by USAID Fish Right for the Calamianes Island Group and the Visayan Sea.

Part of the marine protected areas in the Calamianes Island Group (Photo by Ouie Sanchez)

USAID Fish Right Program, a partnership between the Government of the Philippines and the U.S. Agency for International Development to improve marine biodiversity and the fisheries sector, recently organized a “Bluer Normal” forum in which various experts discussed the dire situation of fisherfolk and the need to come up with holistic…

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