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A taste of the sea: artisanal fishing communities in the Philippines

Turgo, Nelson ORCID: 2020. A taste of the sea: artisanal fishing communities in the Philippines. Gekara, Victor Oyaro and Sampson, Helen, eds. The World of the Seafarer: Qualitative Accounts of Working in the Global Shipping Industry, Vol. 9. WMU Studies in Maritime Affairs, Springer, pp. 9-22. (10.1007/978-3-030-49825-2_2)

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The Philippines remains one of the top suppliers of seafarers to the global merchant fleet. In the 2015 BIMCO Manpower Report on seafarer supply countries, the Philippines ranked first for ratings and second for officers with 363,832 Filipino seafarers deployed to ocean-going merchant vessels in 2014 and accounting for 28% of the global supply of seafarers (MARINA 2015). Seafarers are crucial in keeping the Philippine economy afloat and in 2018, Filipino seafarers sent home USD 6.14 billion (Hellenic Shipping News 2019), accounting for about a fifth of the USD 32.2 billion overseas workers sent home that year (Inquirer 2019). The Philippines has developed as a major player in the crewing sector of the global maritime industry primarily because of its maritime history (Giraldez 2015; Mercene 2007; Schurz 1939), its maritime geography and the continued centrality of the sea to many people’s lives (as attested to by the presence of the myriad fishing communities dotted around the many islands of the country) (Warren 2003, 2007), the economic liberalisation of the 1970s and the concomitant institutionalisation of the labour export policies as enacted by Philippine governments since the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos whose latter policy saw many Filipinos seeking employment overseas (Asis 2017; Kaur 2016; Wozniak 2015).

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783030498245
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 April 2021
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 10:41

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