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Privacy Notice

This notice explains how we will handle information we learn about you from your visit to our Web site. The information we receive depends upon what you do when visiting our site.

  • If you visit our site to read or download information:

We collect and store only the following information about you: the name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example,, if you are connecting from an America Online account, or if you are connecting from the University of Iowa's domain); the date and time you access our site, the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site; and what information you view while you visit our web site.

We use the information we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, find out what information is the most viewed, and to help us make our web site more useful to visitors.

The information gathered is used for two purposes: site management and, in the case of suspected unauthorized activity, for law enforcement and possible criminal prosecution (see Computer Fraud and Abuse Act).

  • If you identify yourself by sending us a comment using our contact page or an Email:

You also may decide to send us personally-identifying information, for example, in an electronic mail message asking a question or providing us with a comment or suggestion. We use personally-identifying information to respond to your comment or suggestion, and to count the number of people sending us comments. In certain instances, your comment or suggestion may be forwarded to other projects, organizations, government agencies or departments if they are in the best position to respond to your message.

We want to be very clear: We will not obtain personally-identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us.

Cookies and other information stored on your computer. In general, this site does NOT use the "cookies" that some Web sites use to gather and store information about your visits to their sites.

Cookies are essentially tokens of information, such as preferences and passwords, which some Web servers collect from you when you access them. That data is stored on your hard drive -- not on the Web site's server. Whenever you visit a "cookie" site, the server looks for its cookie on your hard drive and, if found, then reads the information it stored there. Cookies generally are stored in your browser's directory or folder in a file named cookie.txt (MagicCookie on a Macintosh).

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General Disclaimer

The information provided on this web site is not official Philippine government or U.S. government information and does not necessarily reflect or represent the views or positions of the Philippine Government, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) or the U.S. Government. As long as proper reference is made to the source, articles may be quoted or reproduced in any form for non-commercial, non-profit purposes to advance the cause of marine environmental and fisheries management and conservation. Photos and bylined articles must be credited to the photographer or author as appropriate.

Web pages that use materials taken from this web site must include a link to

While we make every effort to provide accurate and complete information, some information may change between site updates. Substantive changes may be noted when content is next updated.

Information provided in this web site is provided for information purposes and does not constitute a legal contract between the Philippine Government, USAID or the U.S. Government and any person or entity.

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Disclaimer of Endorsement

The materials posted on this Web site come from a variety of sources and may contain hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. We do not warrant or make any representations as to the quality, content, accuracy or completeness of such materials. Links and pointers are provided for visitors' convenience. We do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of any linked information. Further, the inclusion of links or pointers to Web sites other than this site is not intended to assign importance to those sites and the information contained therein, nor is it intended to endorse, recommend, or favor any views expressed, or commercial products or services offered on these outside sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites, by trade name, trademark, manufacture, or otherwise. In no event shall the Philippine Government, USAID, the U.S. Government, their employees or contractors be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such content, goods, or services available on or through any such site or resource.

Reference in this Web site to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the site's visitors, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Philippine Government, U.S. Government or USAID.

The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Philippine Government, U.S. Government or USAID, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

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Disclaimer of Liability

Every effort is made to provide accurate and complete information. However, with the thousands of documents available, often uploaded within short deadlines, we cannot guarantee that there will be no errors. We make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this Web site and expressly disclaim liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this Web site.

With respect to the content of this site, neither USAID nor the U.S. Government, nor the Philippine Government, nor their employees and contractors make any warranty, expressed or implied or statutory, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third party rights, title, and the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose with respect to content available from this Web site or other Internet resources linked from it. Additionally, neither the U.S. Government nor USAID, nor the Philippine Government, nor their employees and contractors assume any legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, product, or process disclosed herein nor freedom from computer virus, and do not represent that use of such information, product, or process would not infringe on privately owned rights.

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Links to this Web Site or Its Contents

You may freely link to this Web site or any of its content. We ask only that you identify that the link is to an Internet resource.

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Links to Other Sites

Our Web site has links to other sites. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the disclaimers and security and privacy policies of the new site.

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Copyright Notice

Unless a copyright is indicated, information on this Web site is in the public domain and may be reproduced, published or otherwise used without permission, provided proper reference is made to the source. We request that photos or articles be similarly credited to the photographer or author, as appropriate.

If a copyright is indicated on a photo, graphic, or any other material, permission to copy these materials must be obtained from the original source.

This copyright notice does not pertain to information at Web sites other than this Web site.

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Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Unauthorized attempts to upload information and/or change information on this Web site is strictly prohibited and is subject to prosecution under Title 18 U.S.C., Sections 1001 and 1030).

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Site Management

The Fisheries Improved for Sustainable Harvest (FISH) Project, a technical assistance project of USAID and the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources manages the overall information content, design, and, organization of this Web site.

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Verification of Content

If you would like verification of information released on this Web site, please contact us at

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This website was made possible through support provided by the USAID under the terms of Contract No. AID 492-C-00-03-00022-00. The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID. As long as proper reference is made to the source, articles may be quoted or reproduced in any form for non-commercial, non-profit purposes to advance the cause of marine environmental and fisheries management and conservation.