en fisheries results

stemming the tide of coastal overfishing
Fish Forever Program Results 2012-2017
Lubang fisher in purple shirt
Rare's program review of 41 project sites in Brazil, Indonesia and the Philippines encompasses:
260
communities
35000
fishers
570000
people
The report synthesizes information from:
2400
in-water surveys of coral reefs
15000
surveys of individuals and households
56000
records of fishing trips

highlights from the research

Biological results

60 managed access and reserve areas built or strengthened, encompassing:

  • 600,000 hectares of coastal waters
    (about twice the area of Yosemite National Park)
  • 27,000 hectares of fully protected reserves
    (about 80 New York City Central Parks)

Fish Forever is facilitating ecosystem recovery. After three years in the Philippines and Indonesia:

  • Targeted fish populations remained stable or increased at 97% of the sites..
  • Coral cover remained stable or increased inside reserves at 80% of the sites.

Social results

Management strengthened: 51 management bodies representing 259 communities strengthened and/or established to oversee managed access waters, reserves, and fishing activities.

Communities activated: Meeting attendance, engagement in monitoring and surveillance, reporting violations, fisher and boat registration, and participation in catch recording all show significant improvement. 

People inspired: Increased confidence in food and economic security.

building global awareness

Public funding for Fish Forever in 2018 is nearly six times what it was in 2012.

Rare has secured $27.5M in public funds for Fish Forever (2012-2018). Dark green (2018 total) denotes funding in final stages of approval.

for more information

contact Rebecca Horan at rhoran@rare.org