3-MONTH FISH­ING BAN

‘Closed sea­son’ in Visayan Sea starts Nov. 15 – BFAR

Panay News - - FRONT PAGE -

ILOILO City – The yearly three­month closed fish­ing sea­son in the Visayan Sea, one of the coun­try’s ma­jor fish­ing grounds suf­fer­ing from over­fish­ing, starts this Nov. 15.

Sar­dines, her­rings and mack­erels make up one-third of the fish pro­duc­tion of the Visayan Sea. Catch­ing, buy­ing and/or sell­ing them - or their lar­vae, fry or young - are pro­hib­ited un­til Feb. 15, 2018. The ban will give fishes time to spawn or bleed freely or re­plen­ish their de­plet­ing pop­u­la­tion, ac­cord­ing to the bureau of fish­eries and Aquatic Re­sources (BFAR) Re­gion 6. "Im­por­tance ini ban­gud ang sar­dines or taba­gak is one of the ma­jor com­modi­ties in Re­gion 6. It sup­ports aton nga lo­cal mar­ket ang fresh kag dried nga taba­gak," said Re­gional Di­rec­tor Remia Aparri of BFAR. BFAR is the gov­ern­ment agency re­spon­si­ble for the de­vel­op­ment, im­prove­ment, man­age­ment and con­ser­va­tion.

GUIJO DUEÑAS/PN

Fish­er­folk in Es­tan­cia, Iloilo fix their fish­nets be­fore set­ting out to sea. They have a few more days left to catch fish in the Visayan Sea be­fore the an­nual three-month closed sea­son be­gins this Nov. 15 un­til Feb. 15, 2018. Dur­ing this pe­riod, they are pro­hib­ited from catch­ing sar­dines, mack­erels and her­rings.

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