Ruby Napata

Country: Philippines

Ruby Napata is a University Research Associate at the Institute of Fisheries Policy and Development Studies, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of the Philippines Visayas. She graduated her BS Fisheries and Master in Marine Affairs at the same university. She is currently writing her dissertation proposal for her PhD in Fisheries. She has been with the university for 18 years doing research on fisheries management, coastal resource management, value-chain analysis and fisheries policy. Recognizing the important role of human being in the management of small-scale fisheries and the importance of transdisciplinarity in addressing the wicked problem in small scale fisheries research, she is now excited in doing project proposals incorporating her newly acquired knowledge and skills.    

Q: What are you currently working on within the context of small-scale fisheries?

Presently, we are implementing a research project on value chain analysis of sardines and blue swimming crab (Portunus pelagicus) for improved industry performance. We identify the issues, needs, and gaps (especially policy gaps) in each node of the chain in order to come-up with a science-based interventions. These interventions target small-scale fishers.

Q: If you could single out one or two most significant factors for securing sustainability of small-scale fisheries, what would these factors be?

I believe that a change in mind-set and a change in heart could do a great job in securing sustainability of small-scale fisheries. This could be done through continuously educating our small-scale fishers and mainstreaming their roles in fisheries management.

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