Hunger&Plunder In The Seas In Central Philippines

More than three years ago, a large vessel arrived without warning at Tañon Strait, one of the richest fishing grounds in Central Philippines and a global center for marine biodiversity. For two months, the M/S Veritas Searcher owned by the Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. Ltd. (Japex) roamed the strait, dragging underwater a 3.5 kilometer-long cable that destroyed everything in its path. Fisherfolk living offshore heard non-stop blasting sounds with an interval of only five to 20 seconds. Unknown to the people, Japex was already undertaking an extensive geophysical survey, using seismic blasting, to determine the existence of oil and natural gas deposits. Since then, the lives of thousands of subsistence fisherfolk have never been the same. “Before, we used to catch 10 – 20 kilos of fish daily. Now, we are only able to catch 1 – 2 kilos,” said Adriano Agato, 60, a leader of a local fisherfolks’ organization in Brgy. Tajao, municipality of Pinamungahan, province of Cebu. An estimated 200,000 fisherfolk in the provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Negros Occidental in the Central Visayas region are adversely affected by the oil and gas exploration activities of Japex at the Tañon Strait and NorAsia Energy Ltd. at the Cebu-Bohol Strait.


Title: Hunger&Plunder In The Seas In Central Philippines
Authors: Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific
Tags: environment
food security
Date: 30-Nov-2008
Publisher: Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific
Category Type: Reports
Appears in Sub-Collections:Food insecurity

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