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Rebuilding fishers’ livelihoods after Typhoon Haiyan

May 2014

Typhoon Haiyan brought destruction to aquaculture facilities of both government and the fish farming communities in 4 regions of the country. The majority of municipalities severely hit are located along the coastline and the fisheries sector is among the most severely affected sectors of the regions’ economy. The damage to fishing boats, fishing gears and aquaculture assets has resulted to acute disruption in normal fishing capacity and aquaculture production.

Next to the substantial damages suffered by aquaculture and mariculture assets, the preliminary damage assessments from Regions VIII, VI and IVB indicate that some 40 000 boats and commercial fishing vessels were either damaged or lost, in addition to fishing gear valued at USD 1.5 million. 73% of coastal communities reported that their livelihoods were severely affected.

The current status not only threatens livelihoods, per capita fish consumption and nutrition levels of coastal communities but the livelihoods of thousands of other fish workers and women in fisheries along the fish distribution chain. FAO’s work on fisheries aims to (1) restore the fishing capacity amongst fisher households in three regions in the Philippines affected by the typhoon (Region IVB, Region VI and Region VIII) and provide technical assistance to local government units in (2) re-establish mariculture farming assets in order for seaweed, bivalves and fish cage farmers to recommence culture operations, and (3) support post-harvest fish processors and small traders to revitalize activities in fish processing.

FAO as a technical lead agency in fisheries and agriculture would also provide technical support to coastal local government units in improving local capacity for fisheries management, establishment of resilient marine protected areas and strengthening disaster risk mitigation and reduction

Author: FAO/Philippines