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WWF Lauds BFAR for Lifting of Yellow Card Rating for RP

WWF works throughout the Philippines to promote sustainable fisheries. Its Partnership Programme Towards Sustainable Tuna (PPTST) program has been promoting best practices for the Yellowfin tuna industry since 2011. Its Live Reef Food Fish Trade (LRFFT) work conserves Lapu-Lapu or grouper stocks in Palawan. Fishing and aquaculture employs over 1.5 million people in the Philippines. (Gregg Yan / WWF)
  The European Union (EU) on 21 April lifted the nation’s Yellow Card fisheries rating, which was slapped onto the Philippines in June 2014 for inadequately addressing illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing or IUUF. “We laud the BFAR and all players for this success, but we should not stop here. We have created the momentum to sustainably transform the country’s fisheries sector,” says World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines) President and CEO Joel Palma. The rating served to warn the country that unless it took steps to seriously combat IUUF,…

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