BFAR bans im­ported frozen fish

Manila Times - - REGIONS - LE­AN­DER C. DOMINGO

TUGUEGARAO CITY, CA­GAYAN: The Bureau of Fish­eries and Aquatic Re­sources ( BFAR) in Ca­gayan Val­ley (Re­gion 2) on Fri­day said it will soon im­pose a ban on the trans­porters and deal­ers to com­ply with the or­der.

BFAR Re­gion 2 Fish­eries Man­age­ment Reg­u­la­tory and En­force­ment Divi­sion chief, Arse­nio - ered are those in the wet mar­kets com­monly known as “frozen.”

“Th­ese are im­ported mack­erel, bonito, squid, sar­dines, sal­mon and sal­mon head and pan­ga­sius or cream dory,” he said.

Bañares said the move is top pri­or­ity of BFAR’s na­tional lead­er­ship pur­suant to Fish­eries Ad­min­is­tra­tive Or­der (FAO) 195 is­sued in 1999 but lacked man­power to en­force it back then.

- ucts is not pro­hib­ited.

“The reg­u­la­tion states that th­ese should go only to in­sti­tu­tional buy­ers such as can­ner­ies, restau­rant chains and fish pro­cess­ing plants, not to wet mar­kets,” Bañares said.

He added that the reg­u­la­tion only aims to pro­tect lo­cal fish producers and en­sure qual­ity of

On Septem­ber 5, BFAR of­fi­cials met to in­form trans­porters and deal­ers re­gard­ing per­ti­nent reg­u­la­tions as well as the bureau is ban­ning.

The stake­hold­ers were ori­ented on rel­e­vant pro­vi­sions of laws on the con­ser­va­tion and pro­tec­tion of wildlife re­sources and their habi­tats, in­clud­ing the Con­ven­tion on In­ter­na­tional Trade in En­dan­gered Species (CITES) or the list of en­dan­gered and threat­ened

“Trans­porters will be re­quired to se­cure Lo­cal Trans­port Per­mit ( LTP) for the ship­ment of fish prov­ince,” Bañares said.

BFAR said it main­tains fish- ery of­fices in Aparri, Ca­gayan; San Ma­teo, Is­abela; Dif­fun, Quirino and Bay­ombong, Nueva Viz­caya as well as in its re­gional of­fice where trans­porters can se­cure their LTP.

“We will strengthen ex­ist­ing check­points un­der our Quar­an­tine Unit and in­stall some more to re­gion pur­suant to FAO 233 and 196,” Bañares said.

FAO 233 gov­erns trade of aquatic wildlife which in­clude all species that are not farmed.

BFAR Re­gion 2 Di­rec­tor Mila - forcers of the bureau are ready to en­force the new di­rec­tives.

“The im­pend­ing ban can trans­late to a great busi­ness op­por­tu­nity - ers,” Mo­rales said.

She added the re­gion is only 42

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