BFAR officially lifts closed sardine season PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 March 2017 11:34

by RG Antonet Go

Dipolog City- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-9 has officially lifted the closed fishing season during ceremonies held at the Dipolog Boulevard, Dipolog City.

The Dipolog Boulevard was livened up with colorful balloons with floating boats on the background as BFAR officials officially restored the privilege of fishing companies to fish on conservation areas.

BFAR -9 Regional Director Isidro M. Velayo Jr described the three month ban as a period of perseverance, persistence and patience.

“We now formally open what has been closed, we will allow what has been banned, we will make legal what has been temporarily illegal.  This is not merely a lifting of a certain, this is a restoring of a right after the fulfillment of an obligation of restraint,” said Velayo.

The Regional Director also said that the phrase that there are many fish in the ocean or in marine waters may be inaccurately used today.

If illegal fishing and other forms of abuse on the sea continue unabated there might be few fishes in the sea by the year 2050, said Velayo.

The closed fishing season implemented by BFAR-9 is the Philippine model followed by other regions in the country.

The closed fishing season for sardines was implemented by the BFAR from December 1, 2016 to March 1, 2017 to give sardines ample time to spawn.

For this period, it is prohibited for any person, association or corporation to kill or catch, or cause to be killed or caught or taken, any sardines in specified areas.

The basis for implementing the closed fishing season is BFAR Administrative Circular 255 of 2014 establishing the closed season for the conservation of sardines in east Sulu Sea, Basilan Strait and Sibuguey Bay.  (RGAAGo)