Close fishing season on ‘tamban’ smooth so far PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 17:06

There has been no violation by commercial fishing vessels of the close fishing season that bans the fishing of sardines (tamban) since it started on Nov. 30, according to Supt. Joselito  Gallano, 9th Regional Public Safety Battalion Deputy Director, in a report  to Group Director  Sr. Supt. James Mejia quoting the Philippine Coast Guard District Office

The fishing ban covers the sea expanse of Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte going down to Sulu sea where scientists of the Bureau of  Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said sardines abound before, but are threatened by over fishing.

BFAR  National Director Asis Perez explained that tamban fish lay eggs totaling 100,000 kilograms or 225,000,000,000 in just one night. But only 22,500,000 of these survive to become grown fish or an equivalent of 1,125,000. kilograms with a total market value of  P19,125,000 per night.

Perez said that commercial fishing vessels can continue to catch other fish, not tamban which should be released so that it will not endanger the eggs of the gravid fish or pregnant fish.

“So far we did not receive any report of any violators. Our troopers are on standby and supporting BFAR  and we are on call 24 hours,” Gallano said. —  Allen Abastillas