Op-ed by Rare in the New York Times: How to Catch Fish and Save Fisheries

The journal Science recently published the first comprehensive analysis of more than 10,000 fisheries — roughly 80 percent of our global fish catch. The conclusion: fish populations worldwide are swiftly declining. This global analysis paints a stark new picture of a global ocean fished to exhaustion in an increasingly hungry world.

So, why are we hopeful? It’s because the analysis of global fisheries has a silver lining. We have not reached a point of no return. We have time. Solutions exist. Continue reading

Audio: Rare & Environmental Defense Fund – Joining Forces for Fishers

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Listen to a recent podcast with Martha Piper, Rare’s senior vice president of strategy and growth and Amanda Leland, vice president of oceans at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). They discuss a promising solution called Fish Forever. Fish Forever is a global initiative to restore near-shore fisheries in the developing tropics. Continue reading

Pride of Place: A powerful emotion motivates athletes, local communities and me

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As Rare’s programs evolve and deepen in complexity, they will always retain the foundation upon which they were built: pride of place. The power of pride supports upland farmers signing reciprocal water agreements or fisher’s adopting TURF-reserves (territorial user rights in fisheries). Pride also motivates the wider communities to create an enabling and supportive environment for resource–user behavior change, just as Olympic spectators encourage athletes to unimaginable success. Continue reading

Q&A with Renante ‘Tian’ Cempron: The Time to Act is Now

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Rare Conservation Fellow Renante “Tian” Cempron, a former youth leader and the tenth child of a fisherman, has spent the last two years promoting sustainable fishing in Hambongan, Philippines. Continue reading

Be Prepared: Resort Project Near Cabo Pulmo Marine Reserve Canceled

La Ribera meets Lolo the blue crab mascot for the first time.

Rare Conservation Fellow Lluvia Macklis Duran wants to help the community think critically about the future they want, and empower them as decision makers. Continue reading

Video: Rare inspires marine conservation in the Philippines

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The popular Green Living program dives into Rare’s work in the Philippines getting Filipino youth involved in local conservation efforts. Continue reading

Rare @ Rio+20: Another World is Possible

Twenty years ago, 108 world leaders met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, also known as the Earth Summit. Only the nerdiest attendees even knew of the Internet. Everyone carried a schedule printed on—gasp —paper. Progress: at the Rio+20 Earth Summit last month, only electronic conference agendas were offered, a gesture in support of the green or blue, if you like fish and fishers (and we do), economy. Continue reading

Living: A community pledge for conservation in Loreto Bay, Mexico

Five years ago, many of Loreto Bay’s fishing cooperatives operated illegally, overfished their waters and fought among themselves. Something significant has changed. From 2008 to 2010, Rare partnered with Loreto Bay National Park to run a marketing campaign. Continue reading

Ask. Don’t Tell.

Two years ago, Sulistyaningrum and nine other conservationists in Indonesia and Timor-Leste partnered with Rare to learn social marketing tools and systems to lead change in their communities. In early May, the ten fellows celebrated the completion of Rare’s two-year training and implementation program. All ten Pride campaigns built a sense of ownership around fishery management. Though each fellow confronted different hurdles and achieved a range of successes, they all managed to inspire fishing-dependent villages to take pride in their marine resources. Continue reading