There will be a 3 month ban on fishing 'galunggong' in northeastern Palawan,starts this Nov.

There will be a 3 month ban on fishing 'galunggong' in northeastern Palawan,starts this Nov.

Another Good News not only for Palawan, but for the whole of Philippines as well.

A few months back we heard in the news that the Department of Agriculture decided to import ‘galunggong’ from neighboring countries.

This did not sit well with the public, and some even suggested that the very galunggong we are importing have been fished out in our very own waters.

Round Scad or popularly known as "galunggong" (photo credit to owner)

Just like a policy in rehabilitating the world renowned Boracay island, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-Mimaropa) would be implementing again the ‘closed fishing season for the round scad or more commonly known to every Filipino as ‘galunggong’.

Already on its fourth year of implementation, the three month ban began last November 1, in the waters of northeastern Palawan.

Assistant regional director Robert Abrera , Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-Mimaropa) officer-in-charge, stated that the ban of catching of galunggong will be strictly implemented up until January 31, 2019.

He said the order on prohibiting any fish activity in the area came directly from the office of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol.

“This fisheries management measure is being implemented again for the fourth time to protect the galunggong during its peak spawning season,” Abrera said.

Abrera told the media men that after three years of implementing the closed fishing season, they have noted good-sized and mature round scads have been observed to have returned in the northeastern area of the province, spilling over to some municipal territorial waters in southern Palawan, and even Ulugan Bay in Puerto Princesa.

Highly sought big fishes like the yellowfin tuna and blue marlin that feed on the galunggong have been observed to be also in increasing numbers in the Mindoro Strait.
Also Abrera took note of the presence of the Coast Guard District Palawan (CGDP), when they were able to apprehend illegal Vietnamese fishermen in the Sulu Sea who were in possession of numerous large yellowfin tunas.

There is an increasing trend in the annual fish catch of galunggong since the start of the closed fishing season from 2015, a  very good and positive impact for the surrounding province.

In terms of compliance they have recoreded a decreasing trend in the number of fishing boats in northeastern Palawan, as reported by the Philippine Coast Guard.

A drop of numbers of boats in the area directly affects the round scads capability to repopulate since there are few fishermen catching them.

As per the projection of BFAR, it would need at least 10 years to guarantee the repopulation of the galungong not only in the waters of northeastern Palawan bu tin nearby areas as well.

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