Catching more plastic than fish in the Philippines.

Collection with 20 media items created by Biel Calderon

Philippines 12 Sep 2018 17:00

Plastic pollution is choking the world's oceans. Every year, around 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans (UNEP). But this is causing problems not only in far-distant waters, affected by the so-called plastic soup, but also in the small-scale communities that fish near the shore. In Navotas, a fishing community in the Manila Bay, in the Philippines, fishermen have seen a drastic drop in their catches after a dumpsite was opened in 2013 in a coastal area nearby. Today their community is also filled with the trash coming from the dumpsite and most of the fish have disappeared. Their livelihoods are also threatened by other climate change related events, such as the increasing number of storms, as well as the competence from industrial fishing boats. We spent a day with the community, documenting how the trash is affecting them and talked to several fishermen about how their catches have been reduced and how this is affecting their livelihoods. We also talked to a representative of the fishermen in the Philippines and activists from Greenpeace.

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Catching more plastic than fish
Navotas
By Biel Calderon
28 Jan 2019

Zaldy Conde and his fellow fishermen prepare their boat for fishing. In Navotas, a fishing community in the Manila Bay, in the Philippines, fishermen have seen a drastic drop in their catches after a dumpsite was opened in 2013 in a coastal area nearby. Today their community is also filled with the trash coming from the dumpsite and most of the fish have disappeared. Their livelihoods are also threatened by other climate change related events, such as the increasing number of storms, as well as the competence from industrial fishing boats.

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Navotas
By Biel Calderon
12 Sep 2018

In Navotas, a fishing community in the Manila Bay, in the Philippines, fishermen have seen a drastic drop in their catches after a dumpsite was opened in 2013 in a coastal area nearby. Today their community is also filled with the trash coming from the dumpsite and most of the fish have disappeared. Their livelihoods are also threatened by other climate change related events, such as the increasing number of storms, as well as the competence from industrial fishing boats.

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Navotas
By Biel Calderon
12 Sep 2018

In Navotas, a fishing community in the Manila Bay, in the Philippines, fishermen have seen a drastic drop in their catches after a dumpsite was opened in 2013 in a coastal area nearby. Today their community is also filled with the trash coming from the dumpsite and most of the fish have disappeared. Their livelihoods are also threatened by other climate change related events, such as the increasing number of storms, as well as the competence from industrial fishing boats.

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Navotas
By Biel Calderon
12 Sep 2018

In Navotas, a fishing community in the Manila Bay, in the Philippines, fishermen have seen a drastic drop in their catches after a dumpsite was opened in 2013 in a coastal area nearby. Today their community is also filled with the trash coming from the dumpsite and most of the fish have disappeared. Their livelihoods are also threatened by other climate change related events, such as the increasing number of storms, as well as the competence from industrial fishing boats.

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Navotas
By Biel Calderon
12 Sep 2018

A dumpsite was opened in 2013 close to Navotas, a fishing community in the Manila Bay, in the Philippines, affecting the ecosystems in the area and reducing the amount of fish in the waters. Today Navotas is also filled with the trash coming from the dumpsite and most of the fish have disappeared. Their livelihoods are also threatened by other climate change related events, such as the increasing number of storms, as well as the competence from industrial fishing boats.

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Navotas
By Biel Calderon
12 Sep 2018

Kids play in Navotas, a fishing community in the Manila Bay, in the Philippines, where fishermen have seen a drastic drop in their catches after a dumpsite was opened in 2013 in a coastal area nearby. Today their community is also filled with the trash coming from the dumpsite and most of the fish have disappeared. Their livelihoods are also threatened by other climate change related events, such as the increasing number of storms, as well as the competence from industrial fishing boats.

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Navotas
By Biel Calderon
12 Sep 2018

In Navotas, a fishing community in the Manila Bay, in the Philippines, fishermen have seen a drastic drop in their catches after a dumpsite was opened in 2013 in a coastal area nearby. Today their community is also filled with the trash coming from the dumpsite and most of the fish have disappeared. Their livelihoods are also threatened by other climate change related events, such as the increasing number of storms, as well as the competence from industrial fishing boats.

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Navotas
By Biel Calderon
12 Sep 2018

Plastic collected around Navotas, a fishing community in the Manila Bay, in the Philippines, where fishermen have seen a drastic drop in their catches after a dumpsite was opened in 2013 in a coastal area nearby. Today their community is also filled with the trash coming from the dumpsite and most of the fish have disappeared. Their livelihoods are also threatened by other climate change related events, such as the increasing number of storms, as well as the competence from industrial fishing boats.

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Navotas
By Biel Calderon
12 Sep 2018

Pablo Rosales, 59, is the leader of the National Alliance of Fishers in the Philippines, a country where plastic pollution is affecting fishermen who have seen their catches reduced over the years. The problem is especially acute at the Manila Bay, due to the pollution coming from the city.

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Navotas
By Biel Calderon
12 Sep 2018

In Navotas, a fishing community in the Manila Bay, in the Philippines, fishermen have seen a drastic drop in their catches after a dumpsite was opened in 2013 in a coastal area nearby. Today their community is also filled with the trash coming from the dumpsite and most of the fish have disappeared. Their livelihoods are also threatened by other climate change related events, such as the increasing number of storms, as well as the competence from industrial fishing boats.

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Navotas
By Biel Calderon
12 Sep 2018

Christopher P. Lapio, 35, is a fisherman from Navotas, a fishing community in the Manila Bay, in the Philippines, where catches drastically dropped after a dumpsite was opened in 2013 in a coastal area nearby. Today their community is also filled with the trash coming from the dumpsite and most of the fish have disappeared. Their livelihoods are also threatened by other climate change related events, such as the increasing number of storms, as well as the competence from industrial fishing boats.

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Navotas
By Biel Calderon
12 Sep 2018

Zaldy Conde, 45, waits at Navotas' dock, a fishing community in the Manila Bay, in the Philippines, where fishermen have seen a drastic drop in their catches after a dumpsite was opened in 2013 in a coastal area nearby. Today their community is also filled with the trash coming from the dumpsite and most of the fish have disappeared. Their livelihoods are also threatened by other climate change related events, such as the increasing number of storms, as well as the competence from industrial fishing boats.

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Navotas
By Biel Calderon
12 Sep 2018

In Navotas, a fishing community in the Manila Bay, in the Philippines, fishermen have seen a drastic drop in their catches after a dumpsite was opened in 2013 in a coastal area nearby. Today their community is also filled with the trash coming from the dumpsite and most of the fish have disappeared or are smaller. Their livelihoods are also threatened by other climate change related events, such as the increasing number of storms, as well as the competence from industrial fishing boats.

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Navotas
By Biel Calderon
12 Sep 2018

Fishermen from Navotas, a fishing community in the Manila Bay, in the Philippines, where catches drastically dropped after a dumpsite was opened in 2013 in a coastal area nearby. Today their community is also filled with the trash coming from the dumpsite and most of the fish have disappeared. Their livelihoods are also threatened by other climate change related events, such as the increasing number of storms, as well as the competence from industrial fishing boats.

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Navotas
By Biel Calderon
12 Sep 2018

Fishermen from Navotas, a fishing community in the Manila Bay, in the Philippines, where catches drastically dropped after a dumpsite was opened in 2013 in a coastal area nearby. Today their community is also filled with the trash coming from the dumpsite and most of the fish have disappeared. Their livelihoods are also threatened by other climate change related events, such as the increasing number of storms, as well as the competence from industrial fishing boats.

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Navotas
By Biel Calderon
12 Sep 2018

Fishermen catch mussels in Navotas, a fishing community in the Manila Bay, in the Philippines, where catches have drastically dropped due to plastic pollution in the area. Today their community is also filled with the trash coming from the dumpsite and most of the fish have disappeared. Their livelihoods are also threatened by other climate change related events, such as the increasing number of storms, as well as the competence from industrial fishing boats.

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Navotas
By Biel Calderon
12 Sep 2018

Christopher P. Lapio, 35, is a fisherman from Navotas, a fishing community in the Manila Bay, in the Philippines, where catches drastically dropped after a dumpsite was opened in 2013 in a coastal area nearby. Today their community is also filled with the trash coming from the dumpsite and most of the fish have disappeared. Their livelihoods are also threatened by other climate change related events, such as the increasing number of storms, as well as the competence from industrial fishing boats.

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Navotas
By Biel Calderon
12 Sep 2018

A fisherman from Navotas, a fishing community in the Manila Bay, in the Philippines, where catches drastically dropped after a dumpsite was opened in 2013 in a coastal area nearby. Today their community is also filled with the trash coming from the dumpsite and most of the fish have disappeared. Their livelihoods are also threatened by other climate change related events, such as the increasing number of storms, as well as the competence from industrial fishing boats.

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Navotas
By Biel Calderon
12 Sep 2018

Zaldy Conde, 45, prepares his boat in Navotas, a fishing community in the Manila Bay, in the Philippines, where fishermen have seen a drastic drop in their catches after a dumpsite was opened in 2013 in a coastal area nearby. Today their community is also filled with the trash coming from the dumpsite and most of the fish have disappeared. Their livelihoods are also threatened by other climate change related events, such as the increasing number of storms, as well as the competence from industrial fishing boats.

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Navotas
By Biel Calderon
12 Sep 2018

In Navotas, a fishing community in the Manila Bay, in the Philippines, fishermen have seen a drastic drop in their catches after a dumpsite was opened in 2013 in a coastal area nearby. Today their community is also filled with the trash coming from the dumpsite and most of the fish have disappeared. Their livelihoods are also threatened by other climate change related events, such as the increasing number of storms, as well as the competence from industrial fishing boats.