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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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General Santos
By Biel Calderon
11 Sep 2018

Tracing seafood brings relief to fishing communities. Markets are increasingly demanding to know where the fish they buy comes from. As a result, big fishing vessels, but also smaller boats, are now installing systems to track where the fish is caught and register the data. But for the families of the fishermen that use this system, traceability has a different meaning: the relief to be in contact with their loved ones all the time. Thus, some of these systems allow families to track where the vessel is at every moment and to communicate with their husbands and sons, while before they had to wait for weeks until they reach a port to hear news from them. We spent a few days with several fishermen who are installing this system in their boats with the help of USAID in General Santos, the center of the tuna industry in the Philippines, and we talked with them about how it has changed their lives. We also talked to representatives of the industry and of FAME, the Filipino company that has developed the system.

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General Santos, South Cotabato
By Biel Calderon
11 Sep 2018

A fishermen community in General Santos, in The Philippines, where some of the fishermen have recently installed tracking systems on their boats. These traceability systems allows families to track where the vessel is at every moment and to communicate with their husbands and sons, while before they had to wait for weeks until they reach a port to hear news from them. The system has been developed by FAME, a Philippines-based technology provider.

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General Santos, South Cotabato
By Biel Calderon
11 Sep 2018

Jordan Caise Alhabsi, 34, recently installed a tracking system on his traditional tuna fishing boat. These traceability systems allows families to track where the vessel is at every moment and to communicate with their husbands and sons, while before they had to wait for weeks until they reach a port to hear news from them. The system has been developed by FAME, a Philippines-based technology provider.

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General Santos, South Cotabato
By Biel Calderon
11 Sep 2018

A technician at FAME, a Philippines-based technology provider, works on a transponder that is helping small-scale fishermen in the Philippines to comply with the new traceability regulations, but also to be in contact with their families when they are offshore fishing. These traceability systems allow families to track where the vessel is at every moment and to communicate with their husbands and sons, while before they had to wait for weeks until they reach a port to hear news from them.

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General Santos, South Cotabato
By Biel Calderon
11 Sep 2018

Technicians at FAME, a Philippines-based technology provider, work on a transponder that is helping small-scale fishermen in the Philippines to comply with the new traceability regulations, but also to be in contact with their families when they are offshore fishing. These traceability systems allow families to track where the vessel is at every moment and to communicate with their husbands and sons, while before they had to wait for weeks until they reach a port to hear news from them.

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General Santos, South Cotabato
By Biel Calderon
11 Sep 2018

Technicians at FAME, a Philippines-based technology provider, work on a transponder that is helping small-scale fishermen in the Philippines to comply with the new traceability regulations, but also to be in contact with their families when they are ashore fishing. These traceability systems allow families to track where the vessel is at every moment and to communicate with their husbands and sons, while before they had to wait for weeks until they reach a port to hear news from them.

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General Santos, South Cotabato
By Biel Calderon
11 Sep 2018

Arcelio J. Fetizanan Jr is the CEO of FAME, a Philippines-based technology provider that has developed a tracking system that is helping small-scale fishermen in the Philippines to comply with the new traceability regulations, but also to be in contact with their families when they are offshore fishing. These traceability systems allow families to track where the vessel is at every moment and to communicate with their husbands and sons, while before they had to wait for weeks until they reach a port to hear news from them.

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General Santos, South Cotabato
By Biel Calderon
11 Sep 2018

A technician at FAME, a Philippines-based technology provider, assemble a transponder that is helping small-scale fishermen in the Philippines to comply with the new traceability regulations, but also to be in contact with their families when they are offshore fishing. These traceability systems allow families to track where the vessel is at every moment and to communicate with their husbands and sons, while before they had to wait for weeks until they reach a port to hear news from them.

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General Santos, South Cotabato
By Biel Calderon
11 Sep 2018

A technician at FAME, a Philippines-based technology provider, work on a transponder that is helping small-scale fishermen in the Philippines to comply with the new traceability regulations, but also to be in contact with their families when they are offshore fishing. These traceability systems allow families to track where the vessel is at every moment and to communicate with their husbands and sons, while before they had to wait for weeks until they reach a port to hear news from them.

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General Santos, South Cotabato
By Biel Calderon
11 Sep 2018

A transponder developed but the Philippines-based technology provider FAME that is helping small-scale fishermen in the Philippines to comply with the new traceability regulations, but also to be in contact with their families when they are offshore fishing. These traceability systems allow families to track where the vessel is at every moment and to communicate with their husbands and sons, while before they had to wait for weeks until they reach a port to hear news from them.

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General Santos, South Cotabato
By Biel Calderon
11 Sep 2018

A transponder developed but the Philippines-based technology provider FAME that is helping small-scale fishermen in the Philippines to comply with the new traceability regulations, but also to be in contact with their families when they are offshore fishing. These traceability systems allow families to track where the vessel is at every moment and to communicate with their husbands and sons, while before they had to wait for weeks until they reach a port to hear news from them.

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General Santos, South Cotabato
By Biel Calderon
11 Sep 2018

Technicians at FAME, a Philippines-based technology provider, work on a transponder that is helping small-scale fishermen in the Philippines to comply with the new traceability regulations, but also to be in contact with their families when they are offshore fishing. These traceability systems allow families to track where the vessel is at every moment and to communicate with their husbands and sons, while before they had to wait for weeks until they reach a port to hear news from them.

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General Santos, South Cotabato
By Biel Calderon
11 Sep 2018

Roger Tuasic, 58,has recently installed a tracking system technology on his boat. These traceability systems allows families to track where the vessel is at every moment and to communicate with their husbands and sons, while before they had to wait for weeks until they reach a port to hear news from them. The system has been developed by FAME, a Philippines-based technology provider.

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General Santos, South Cotabato
By Biel Calderon
11 Sep 2018

A fishermen community in General Santos, in The Philippines, where some of the fishermen have recently installed tracking systems on their boats. These traceability systems allows families to track where the vessel is at every moment and to communicate with their husbands and sons, while before they had to wait for weeks until they reach a port to hear news from them. The system has been developed by FAME, a Philippines-based technology provider.

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General Santos, South Cotabato
By Biel Calderon
11 Sep 2018

Roger Tuasic's grandson lives with his grandparents while he waits for his father to return from Indonesia. Roger Tuasic's son was arrested by the Indonesian authorities for illegal fishing.

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General Santos, South Cotabato
By Biel Calderon
11 Sep 2018

A fishermen community in General Santos, in The Philippines, where some of the fishermen have recently installed tracking systems on their boats. These traceability systems allows families to track where the vessel is at every moment and to communicate with their husbands and sons, while before they had to wait for weeks until they reach a port to hear news from them. The system has been developed by FAME, a Philippines-based technology provider.

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General Santos, South Cotabato
By Biel Calderon
11 Sep 2018

Roger Tuasic, 58, has recently installed a tracking system technology on his boat. These traceability systems allows families to track where the vessel is at every moment and to communicate with their husbands and sons, while before they had to wait for weeks until they reach a port to hear news from them. The system has been developed by FAME, a Philippines-based technology provider.

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General Santos, South Cotabato
By Biel Calderon
11 Sep 2018

Roger Tuasic, 58, has recently installed a tracking system technology on his boat. These traceability systems allows families to track where the vessel is at every moment and to communicate with their husbands and sons, while before they had to wait for weeks until they reach a port to hear news from them. The system has been developed by FAME, a Philippines-based technology provider.

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General Santos, South Cotabato
By Biel Calderon
11 Sep 2018

Jordan Caise Alhabsi, 34, recently installed a tracking system on his traditional tuna fishing boat. These traceability systems allows families to track where the vessel is at every moment and to communicate with their husbands and sons, while before they had to wait for weeks until they reach a port to hear news from them. The system has been developed by FAME, a Philippines-based technology provider.

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General Santos, South Cotabato
By Biel Calderon
11 Sep 2018

The boat of Jordan Caise Alhabsi, a 34-year old fisherman from General Santos, The Philippines, waits onshore during a storm. Alhabsi recently installed a tracking system on his traditional tuna fishing boat. These traceability systems allows families to track where the vessel is at every moment and to communicate with their husbands and sons, while before they had to wait for weeks until they reach a port to hear news from them. The system has been developed by FAME, a Philippines-based technology provider.

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General Santos, South Cotabato
By Biel Calderon
11 Sep 2018

Jordan Caise Alhabsi, 34, recently installed a tracking system on his traditional tuna fishing boat. These traceability systems allows families to track where the vessel is at every moment and to communicate with their husbands and sons, while before they had to wait for weeks until they reach a port to hear news from them. The system has been developed by FAME, a Philippines-based technology provider.