Review of National Laws and Legislations in the Philippines in Relation to Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM)
Despite the Philippines' abundant fisheries resources, its marine ecosystems are showing signs of overfishing (FAO 2011). The country is experiencing rapid depletion of its aquatic resources, with 75 percent of its coral reefs degraded, and with its mangrove forest and its other fisheries ecosystems steadily decreasing in the past years (Green, et. al, 2003). This problem is not exclusive to the Philippines, with the world's marine resources facing similar depletion over the years due to overexploitation, destructive fishing methods that devastate the aquatic ecosystem, and poor fisheries management.