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Indian Journal of Pure & Applied Biosciences (IJPAB)
Year : 2023, Volume : 11, Issue : 4
First page : (45) Last page : (55)
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Cultural Beliefs, Practices and Productivity of Fisherfolks in Selected Coastal Barangay in Odiongan, Romblon, Philippines

Ken N Falculan*
Faculty, Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture, Romblon State University,
Odiongan, Romblon, Philippines 5505
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Received: 11.06.2023  |  Revised: 19.07.2023   |  Accepted: 5.08.2023 


Fishing communities know about fish stocks and other marine species and include information on the location of resources, migration patterns, movements, the seasonal abundance of species of economic importance, and details on their reproductive and feeding behaviour. Local people often understand how resources and the environment have changed over time and the possible causes of such changes. This study aims to determine the cultural beliefs, practices, and productivity of fisherfolks in selected coastal barangays of Odiongan. The study involved 100 local fishermen in the coastal area of Odiongan, Romblon. The research materials used were survey questionnaires. The data were analyzed using statistical procedures such as frequency percentage and weighted mean. The study found that fisherfolks lack safety equipment such as diving gear and fishing signboards and use goggles for eye protection. Boats and nets were used commonly in most barangays, with some fisherfolks using flippers, goggles, and spears (pana) for safety. Moreover, the sustainable use and better management of coastal resources are essential for the conservation of the coastal zone and its resources. This study highlights the importance of strengthening local integrated coastal management and encouraging the participation and cooperation among individuals and communities to achieve conservation and sustainable use of the coastal zone and its resources.

Keywords: coastal management, preservation, safety equipment, sustainable livelihoods

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Cite this article: Falculan, K.N. (2023). Cultural Beliefs, Practices and Productivity of Fisherfolks in Selected Coastal Barangay in Odiongan, Romblon, Philippines, Ind. J. Pure App. Biosci. 11(4), 45-55. doi: