The Pacific Islands region is among the world’s most vulnerable regions in the face of climate change. This also applies to Yap State, one of the four states making up the Federated States of Micronesia. This solution addresses the problem of declining fish and shellfish populations through effective management as well as enhancing community capacity to adapt to climate change in the State of Yap.
The community-based ecosystem approach to fisheries management (CEAFM) tackles these challenges by raising awareness on different fishing practices, developing community-owned management and conservation measures, and by introducing Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) that attract pelagic fish to offshore areas in order to alleviate fish pressure on inshore areas. This management helps to improve catch rates and provides alterna-tive livelihood options for local communities.