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Launching of BFAR's Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan Contest (MMK)

Author: BFAR3-RFIS | 22 October 2016

The competition for the cleanest coastal community was launched on November 17, 2016 at the BFAR regional office in Pampanga. The Malinis and Masaganang Karagatan (MMK) program by the DA-BFAR will award coastal municipalities for their efforts in protecting and conserving marine environments.

The main objective of the competition is “to recognize outstanding initiatives and contributions of coastal municipalities/cities to sustainable fisheries development”.

The first prize winner for the regional level will receive 2 million worth of fishery livelihood projects, 2nd prize will receive 1 million and third prize P500,000.00. The winner for the national level will receive P20,000,000 worth of fishery projects.

MMK has four general criteria: (1) absence of illegal fishing and observance of fishing closed season, (2) establishment of protected marine sanctuary, (3) clean coastal waters without domestic and industrial wastes and, (4) effective mangrove protection and rehabilitation program.

A National Technical Search Committee has been created to specifically evaluate candidates based on the criteria. The National Winner will receive 10 million pesos worth of fisheries livelihood.