A study group from the Philippines will be visiting Memorial University to examine the impacts the cod moratorium has had on our fishery and to determine whether there are any lessons which might be applicable to fisheries management in the Philippines, particularly in the area known as the Visayan Sea, which has been facing problems of overfishing and stock depletion. The Harris Centre, by contract with Memorial University, has been engaged by the Regional Director of the Southeast and East Asia office of the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC), based in Singapore, to plan the itinerary and organize the visit.
The Harris Centre is hosting the visit, which is taking place from Sept. 16-22. The Philippine study group is also interested in exploring partnership relationships between the University of the Philippines and Memorial and between other fishery groups in the province and their counterparts in the Philippines, which will be mutually beneficial in building capacity for sustainable resource management.
The group is made up of Dr. Glenn Aguilar, chancellor of the University of the Philippines in the Visayas and professor in the Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanology in the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, and Dr. Alice Joan G. Ferrer, who is associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences in the University of the Philippines in the Visayas.
The group will be meeting with a variety of fishery experts, government officials, scientists, university faculty members, representatives of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW), as well as fish harvesters, processing workers, industry representatives and community leaders.
Meetings are planned with Memorial Chancellor Dr. John Crosbie, who was the minister of Fisheries and Oceans for Canada who announced the moratorium in 1992, and with Dr. Leslie Harris, Memorial’s president emeritus who was the chair of the Northern Cod Panel. The group will also be travelling to the Burin Peninsula to visit with fish harvesters, processing workers and community leaders and to tour fish plants affected by the moratorium.
The meetings will conclude with a discussion of lessons learned and possible next steps in building relationships between and the University of the Philippines and between other fishery groups in the province and their counterparts in the Philippines.