The Na­tional Tuna Man­age­ment Plan was re­cently up­dated, set­ting the di­rec­tion for the tuna in­dus­try of the coun­try.

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The De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture through the Bu­reau of Fish­eries and Aquatic Re­sources launched the up­dated Na­tional Tuna Man­age­ment Plan (NTMP) dur­ing the 20th Tuna Congress at SM Gen­eral San­tos Trade Halls in Gen­eral San­tos City on Septem­ber 6, 2018.

The NTMP is a two-year col­lab­o­ra­tive work of DA-BFAR and the SOCC­SKSAR­GEN Fed­er­a­tion of Fish­ing & Al­lied In­dus­tries, Inc (SFFAII) which in­cor­po­rates agree­ments made af­ter stake­hold­ers’ con­sul­ta­tions and de­lib­er­a­tions. The com­pre­hen­sive pro­gram aims to set the di­rec­tion of Philip­pine tuna in­dus­try de­vel­op­ment.

“We have iden­ti­fied the is­sues and chal­lenges sur­round­ing the in­dus­try and the en­tire tuna sup­ply chain. It re­flected not only the present threats of the tuna in­dus­try but also the abuse of our tuna stake­hold­ers,” Agri­cul­ture Un­der­sec­re­tary for Fish­eries Ed­uardo B. Gongona said.

The NTMP sets eyes in the gov­er­nance and man­age­ment of tuna fish­eries, law en­force­ment mech­a­nisms, and com­pli­ance with food safety and qual­ity stan­dards.

More­over, the NTMP also high­lights the need to im­prove the so­cio-eco­nomic con­di­tions of fish­er­folks which in­clude their ac­cess to re­sources.

Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Em­manuel F. Piñol said the fish­ery laws in the coun­try need to be re­viewed to sus­tain­ably man­age the coun­try’s fish­ing grounds.

He also an­nounced the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the closed fish­ing sea­son for all fish­ing grounds in the coun­try from Oc­to­ber un­til the end of Novem­ber this year to al­low the fishes to spawn and re­pro­duce. /

“It re­flected not only the present threats of the tuna in­dus­try but also the abuse of our tuna stake­hold­ers.” Agri­cul­ture Un­der­sec­re­tary for Fish­eries ED­UARDO B. GONGONA

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