Ebiil society fishery monitoring project
About the Implementing organization
Name: Ebiil Society
Year of establishment: 2005
Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Legally recognized non-profit status / Indigenous group or organization
Project Fishery Monitoring of the Northern lagoon area by Ebiil Society provided a medium of participatory learning for the fishers and to foster dialogue that contributes to proper fishery management.
Type of Action
Sustainable Development Element
Jobs and livelihoods / Food security
Ebiil Channel is one of Palau’s major aggregation areas of Palau, an estimated 4 miles radius with over 50 species of fish spawning in the area important to the Palauan livelihood sustenance. In year 2000 the aggregation area became a protected area to sustain the fishery of the community of Ngarchelong by the traditional leaders. Ngerchelong community has a population of 499 persons according to the Palau Census 2005, the most recent population census. Most adults participate in farming and fishing as a source of subsistence living, as a supplement to their daily meals, for selling at the local food market, and outside of the Ngerchelong area based on orders.
Sustainable Development Impacts
The project was able to show data that the marine protected areas as a solution for fishery management with traditional fishery practices as fishermen’s definition of good fishing grounds means healthy marine habitat, with diverse corals and anemone. Actions proposed to maintain healthy fishery in the Northern Reefs include alternative livelihood opportunities such as sportfishing. These activities were supported by the project.
Based on the project, a fishery sustainability campaign was developed and conducted Palau wide. The social marketing strategy relayed the messages to Palau wide fishers and the barrier removal strategy to engage fishermen in various threat reduction activities towards the Northern Reef area of Palau. The barrier removal strategy will engage the fishers of Ngarchelong and Kayangel in developing controlled access fishing areas where certain management technologies are applied and monitored to track and determine fishery sustainability benefits. Northern Reef legal jurisdiction falls largely under the State government of Ngarchelong with a partial area under Kayangel. Based on the data from the fishery monitoring program a “Fishermen Pride Campaign” was designed and implemented to address the issue of reef overharvesting and improve fishery management of the Northern Reef. A Catch and Release Program was developed to support fishermen's livelihood.
The activities were replicated in the main center of Koror and in Southern Palau. These were replicated by Ebiil Society in partnership with community groups in Koror and Peleliu.
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