Food security: An approach from 2 regions, What a 'Blue Economy' really is & more

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Showing love for the Coral Triangle on social media

Coral Triangle Day Instagram contest winner Kent Adrian Rebultan is a serious @kenservationist. Here’s what the young Filipino has to say about his passion for the ocean.
 

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Fisherman in Mafamede, Mozambique (© WWF-US / James Morgan) and M'buke Islands, Manus, Papua New Guinea (© Jürgen Freund / WWF)

Food security: An approach from two different regions

Though in different parts of the globe, countries in Coastal East Africa and the Coral Triangle are working towards a shared goal: food security. WWF leaders weigh in on each region’s specific challenges and approaches.
 

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Fish market in Gizo, Solomon Islands

Harnessing mobile phone technology for fisheries management

Thanks to USAID’s Coral Triangle Support Partnership, the New Zealand Aid Programme (NZAP) Mekem Strong Solomon Islands Fisheries (MSSIF) Programme, and the Solomon Islands Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR), a mobile app is making data collection for inshore fisheries management faster and easier in the Solomon Islands. 
 

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Seaweed farming.  Arenas Reef, Philippines (© Jürgen Freund / WWF)

What a 'blue economy' really is – WWF’s perspective

WWF releases a brief on ‘Principles for a Sustainable Blue Economy’ to clarify the increasingly popular concept—and to emphasize that it’s not about simply exploiting our oceans. Here’s how WWF experts view the issue.
 

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Local fisherman with a spear gun, Suva, Fiji (Brent Stirton / Getty Images)

Bringing sustainable seafood from fishers to hotels

A Sustainable Seafood Programme in Fiji aims to strengthen the collaboration between local inshore fishing communities and leading hotels. Here’s how partners are working to get the ‘right’ fish to tourists’ dining tables.
 

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Line caught yellowfin tuna fish (Thunnus albacares) for sale at a supermarket. (© WWF / Richard Stonehouse)

Viewpoint by Jackie Thomas

Are we making wiser choices when buying seafood?

Ideally, we would like to see the huge domestic markets for local fish driving the demand for more responsible seafood production in the Coral Triangle.
 

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Yellowfin Tuna, Vietnam (WWF-Vietnam/Observer Program)

EXPERT OPINION by Alex-Hung H. Tran, President & CEO, Western United Fish Company

Sourcing sustainable seafood from back home 

Large-scale US-based tuna importer Western United Fish Company supports WWF’s Vietnam Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) in guiding the longline and handline tuna industry on the path towards sustainability, and ultimately, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. President and CEO Alex Hung is as passionate about sustainable seafood as he is committed to educating fishers on responsible fishing practices to help secure the sustainability of tuna and fishers’ livelihoods in his original hometown of Tuy Hoa in Vietnam. Read up on his seafood journey here.
 

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Bankulis or yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) are the most highly prized fish in Bicol's Lagonoy Gulf. A fisher shows off the lone, 39-kg fish landed in Tiwi.  (Gregg Yan / WWF)

REACTION by GREGG YAN

Working together for tuna conservation

As yellowfin tuna become scarce in the waters of the Lagonoy Gulf in the Philippines’ Bicol province, Bicolano tuna fishers organize themselves to conserve the species. WWF-Philippines’ Gregg Yan surveys the scene while waiting for the catch to come in. 
 

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Image credit : © Kent Adrian Rebultan, © WWF-US / James Morgan, © Jürgen Freund / WWF, © USAID CTSP / Tory Read, © Jürgen Freund / WWF, © Brent Stirton / Getty Images, © WWF / Richard Stonehouse, © WWF-Vietnam/Observer Program, © Gregg Yan / WWF.

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