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Semporna, Malaysia

The Southeastern Fishing Zone of Sabah is commonly called the Tawau Fishing Zone. The Fishing Zone is under the administrative jurisdiction of Lahad Datu and Semporna Districts and Kunak and Tawau Municipalities and all fall under the Tawau Division.
The combined landings of small pelagic fisheries in the Tawau Fishing Zone bring revenue from domestic and exports and provide employment to about 2,000 registered fishermen and unknown number of migrant fishers. The species of small pelagic fishes in the landings are the same as those landed in Zamboanga, Philippines (e.g., herrings, sardines, round scads, scads), indicating the possibility of exploiting a shared stock. Landings of small pelagic fishes are usually exported to Nunukan and Tarakan, Kalimantan, Indonesia. There also reports of sale of small pelagic fishes from Semporna to Tawi-Tawi and fishing outside of the narrow territorial waters in adjoining territorial water of Indonesia and the Philippines.
1. Establishment of the Inter-Sectoral Committee
2. Capacity building for the Inter-sectoral committee member on EAFM, socio-economy of pelagics fishing industry and effects of climate change
3. Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Co-management and co-financing of the IFM Plan
4. Stock definition and biological study of the small pelagics fishes in the SCS
5. Technical training on the biology and ecology of small pelagics fishes and co-financing

3524 - CTI Sulu-Celebes Sea Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SCS)

Reduced fishing pressure

Status of planning and implementation of Integrated Fisheries Management Plan (IFMP) using EAFM in the three demonstration sites

MAL – spatial land-use planning required at District level, under the Town and Regional Planning Code; Shoreline Management Plan provide detailed guidance on allowable activities on shoreline; draft policy on Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan

Within the Demonstration Sites, adoption of IFMP using EAFM during 3rd year of the project and implementation during the rest of the life of project

Inter-sectoral committee (comprising relevant stakeholders from government, fisher group, private sector and other group) have been formed and actively carrying out mandated functions in each demonstration site, starting on the second year of the Project

Reporting date Jun-14
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