BFAR LAUNCHES UPDATED TUNA MANAGEMENT PLAN
The National Tuna Management Plan was recently updated, setting the direction for the tuna industry of the country.
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