3-MONTH FISHING BAN
‘Closed season’ in Visayan Sea starts Nov. 15 – BFAR
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.
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.