Closed fish­ing sea­son starts to­day in Visayan Sea

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AN IN­TER­A­GENCY en­force­ment team has been re­ac­ti­vated to guard the Visayan Sea for three months, with the an­nual closed fish­ing sea­son tak­ing ef­fect to­day, Nov. 15. The Bu­reau of Fish­eries and Aquatic Re­sources (BFAR)-Re­gion 7 con­vened on Mon­day the of­fi­cials and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of con­cerned agen­cies to dis­cuss mat­ters in im­prov­ing sur­veil­lance in the Visayan Sea to de­ter all forms of fish­ing. “We called for a meet­ing with all stake­hold­ers to map out the seaborne pa­trol scheme and har­mo­nize our com­mand,” said BFAR-7 Di­rec­tor Dr. Al­lan P. Po­quita. The en­force­ment team is com­posed of mem­bers of the BFAR-7 En­force­ment Unit; Philip­pine National Po­lice-Mar­itime Unit; Philip­pine Coast Guard-Dis­trict Cen­tral Visayas; and the Philip­pine Navy. The closed sea­son is pre­scribed un­der Fish­ery Ad­min­is­tra­tive Or­der 167-3. Mr. Po­quita said the pol­icy is based on sci­en­tific re­search that iden­ti­fies the three-month pe­riod as the spawn­ing sea­son of three marine species — sar­dines, her­rings, and mack­erels — which are found in the Visayan Sea, con­sid­ered as one of the coun­try’s ma­jor fish­ing grounds. The Visayan Sea is sur­rounded by Cebu on the south­east, Ne­gros on the south, Panay on the west, and Mas­bate on the north. Vi­o­la­tors of the closed sea­son may be im­pris­oned for six months to six years, face a fine of up to P6,000, and lose their fish­ing li­cense. —

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