In 2014 Icosystem, funded by a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, created a software model of the Mindoro Philippines tuna fishery value chain from fish stock to consumer. Currently the Mindoro tuna fishery is being fished sustainably1. This is expected to change as increasing global demand leads to increased profits, inducing overfishing2. This model was used to improve our understanding of the impact that potential interventions could have on the sustainability of fish stocks and livelihoods of traditional tuna fishers. read more

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Without external disruptions, the Mindoro fishery is sustainable in the near term. The Mindoro fishery may collapse if conditions are even a little worse than believed. Input Controls can keep the stock sustainable and improve fisher livelihoods. Interventions can backfire. In the presence of Input Controls, some interventions regain a positive outcome. Input Controls, by themselves, are not sufficient to preserve stocks in an overfished scenario. Fair price initiatives may help bring about more equitable trade – but only if very carefully supervised When overfishing is present, alternative livelihoods are the most promising type of intervention