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National Stock Assessment Program (NSAP)
by Department of Agriculture (DA) – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Philippines (Government)
The program conducts assessment of major pelagic and demersal species in major fishing grounds of the county through establishment of standardized time series and biological data by fishing ground (bays/gulfs/seas), which are fundamental to science-based fisheries management, formulation of policies, plans and strategies.

Progress reports
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • No take marine protected area
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Training and professional development
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Legal/policy/institutional measures
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
Training enumerators on fish identification, sampling methodology and collection of catch and effort data
Training on GIS-data base and data processing and analysis
Annual reporting of stock assessment by fishing ground (bay/gulf/seas)
Financing (in USD)
20,000,000 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: June/1997 - December/2022
National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI)
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Eduardo Gongona, Undersecretary for Fisheries / BFAR National Director, bfar.director@gmail.com, +63(2) 929-8074
Quezon City, Philippines
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