ECOFISH is the successor of the highly successful USAID-supported Fisheries Improved for Sustainable Harvest (FISH) Project (2003-2010), which demonstrated that it is possible to restore the productivity and profitability of fisheries by enhancing the natural resource base with the full cooperation and engagement of national and local government units and the local communities.
ECOFISH seeks to build and innovate on the FISH Project by reforming the fisheries sector through an application of ecosystem-based fisheries management in the eight marine conservation areas: (i) Calamianes Group of islands; (ii) Lingayen Gulf; (iii) Ticao-San Bernardino Strait-Lagonoy Gulf; (iv) Danajon Reef; (v) South Negros; (vi) Surigao del Sur and Norte; (vii) Sulu Archipelago; and (viii) Verde Island passage. It was designed to contribute to the priority actions laid out in the Philippine Development Plan, 2011-2016 in the areas of sustainable agriculture and fisheries as well as in the conservation and rehabilitation of natural resources. It also supports the current US Country Assistance Strategy with respect to assistance directed at reducing threats to biodiversity and improving natural resources and environment.
PRIMEX is one of the Philippine associates of the Consortium led by Tetra Tech EMI (USA), which has been engaged by USAID to manage this five-year project. Chief of Party is Mr. Geronimo (Gerry) Silvestre. PRIMEX consultants to ECOFISH are James Kho, Institutional Development and Governance Specialist, and Nestor Escara and Rupert Sievert, Site Coordinators.