3-month fishing ban in the Visayan Sea to take effect on November 15

3-month fishing ban in the Visayan Sea to take effect on November 15

The environment has been receiving a special attention from this administration.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has been known to have made strong stand regarding environmental issues, the appointment of Gina Lopez as the former Department of Environment and Natural Resources and its current secretary Roy Cimatu are no-nonsense extension of the President for the love for the countries rich natural resources.
3 month fishing ban is implemented that will coincide in the yearly spawning of spawning of sardines, herrings and mackerels (photo credit to owner)
Folowing the start of the 3 month fishing ban of the round scad species or more popularly known as ‘galunggong’ in northeastern Palawan, here is another good news for the Philippine environment.

The Visayan sea will also have a breather so to speak.

Remia Aparri, regional director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Western Visayas, said that the three month fishing ban in the Visayan Sea will start on Nov. 15.

They are expecting a 20% boost in production in this rich fishing ground.

The fishing ban coincides with the yearly spawning of sardines, herrngs, and mackerels.

“We hope to maintain or even increase production by at least 20 percent,” Aparri said.
In Western Visayas alone, the annual fish production is almost 400,000 metric tons.

BFAR’s Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) 167-3 prescribes the three-month fishing ban until February 15 next year, but it may be extended until March depending on the result of the study being conducted particularly on the “changing” spawning pattern of fish.

FAO 167-3 prohibits the catching, killing, selling or possession of sexually-mature sardines, herrings and mackerels or their larvae, fry or young known locally as “lupoy,” “silinyasi,” linatsay” or “manansi” in the portion of the Visayan Sea and adjoining waters enclosed by lines drawn through following points and coastlines.
The BFAR FAO carries a penalty of P6,000 fine, imprisonment of six months to six years depending on the gravity of offense, and forfeiture of the catch and cancellation of fishing permits or license.

Aparri said that were minimal violators last years which can be attributed to the high level of awareness among the fisherfolk, which are a result of the massive information dissemination campaign and educational campaigns in the area.

BFAR will intensify the implementation of the fishing ban, now that the province of Capiz has already part of the Visayan Sea Project.

“Capiz is now on board unlike before that the operation is just limited to northern portions of Iloilo, Negros and Cebu and part of Masbate,” she said.

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