The Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) will be applied to the small pelagic fisheries in the Dumanquillas Bay Protected Seascape and Landscape (DBPSL), Zamboanga Sibugay Province. The study will be conducted in six (6) municipalities along the Bay, namely: Margosatubig, Vincenzo Sagun, Buug, Kumalarang in Zamboanga del Sur, and Malangas in Zamboanga Sibugay.

The study is to have the scientific bases to support conservation and management measures (e.g. the formulation of a closed season regime, gear restrictions, provision of livelihood support) to manage the small pelagic fisheries of Dumanquillas Bay and for the formulation of policy for governance, enforcement, and implementation (e.g. creation of law enforcement teams, creation of an LGU Alliance, and other practical interventions) to protect the pelagic resources of the Bay along the ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM).