Fishing sector passes reso to retain 15-km mark Print
Saturday, 10 February 2018 16:42

The city’s fishing and canning companies have passed a resolution asking Congress to retain the 15-kilometer municipal water fishing grounds as opposed to the 22-kilometer distance contained in the Bangsamoro draft bill.

The resolution was addressed to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Department of Agriculture for their endorsement to both houses of Congress.

Canning company management said that the increasing the distance from 15 to 22 kilometers was not based on scientific research and study.

The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law calls for the creation of the Bangsamoro territorial waters of 22,224 kilometers while the existing RA 8550, known as the Fishery Codemof 1998 allows the commercial fishing to operate from the 15-kilometer traditional fishing ground.

“We propose for the retention of the 15-kilometer commercial fishing area under existing law in order not to dislocate the sardines industry in the region and to prevent the loss of (livelihood) of 30,000 workers whose family depends, to avoid a social problem to occur.”

The resolutions were announced during a consultation between officers of the sardine industry and Senate committee on Agriculture Chairperson Senator Cynthia Villar yesterday afternoon at a local hotel.  (LAJ)