Monitoring on the Use of Juvenile and Trash Excluder Device (JTED) in Samar Sea, Philippines
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The Juvenile and Trash Excluder Devices (JTED) is a technical tool reducing by-catch and discard from trawl fisheries. JTED is promoted by the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) Training Department under project on the “Reduction of Environmental Impact from Tropical Shrimp Trawling through the Introduction of By-catch Reduction Technologies and Change of Management or REBYC Phrase I”, in collaborating with the Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (FAO). The demonstrations and experiments on the use of JTED have been conducted in most countries in Southeast Asian Region. In 2003, SEAFDEC has worked with the Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Philippines to conduct the training and experiment on the use of JTED in major trawling ground initiated in Manila Bay and similar procedure in other pilot sites namely: Maqueda Bay/Samar Sea, Lingayen Gulf and San Miguel Bay to develop and determine the most appropriate of JTED for the fishery. The Philippine Government realize on the capture of by-catch that would be cause mortality of juvenile and ecological impact. In order to promote sustainable use of resources and maintain biodiversity, the Philippine Government had declared the Fisheries Administrative Order No.237 Subject: “Regulations Requiring the installment of Juvenile and Trash fish Excluder Device (JTED) in Trawls in Philippine Waters” since 2010. Samar Sea is a small sea situated between the Eastern Visayas and Luzon where is the one pilot sites for the demonstration and experimentation of the use of JTED as well as the site selected to develop Fisheries Management Plan in Philippine. Regarding promoting sustainable fisheries practices by determine a rational approach to reduce by-catch from trawl fisheries considering on the use of JTED. It is interesting to monitor the current situation and study the characteristic of commercial trawl fisheries and the attitude on the use of JTED of trawl fisher in Samar Sea.
Suasi, T. (2016). Monitoring on the Use of Juvenile and Trash Excluder Device (JTED) in Samar Sea, Philippines. SEAFDEC Technical Seminar 2016 (pp. 9-11). Samut Prakan: Training Department, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center.