Fabian hails lifting of fishing ban, lauds BFAR for efforts in preserving viability PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 11:19

District 2 Rep. Erbie A. Fabian yesterday hailed the lifting of the 3-month fishing ban as thousands in the sardines canning industry in the city get back to gainful employment after the break.

Fabian said while the ban kept thousands away from their jobs for a period of three months, its resultant effect will redound to the benefit of all as more fish stocks will mean more work for those employed in the more than 20 sardines manufacturing plants in the city.

The solon also hailed the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for its efforts at helping preserve the rich fishing grounds off Zamboanga City providing sustainability for the flourishing sardines industry here.

“I personally congratulate Director Sajili for his steadfast and firm resolve in protecting the fishing grounds of Zamboanga for insisting on a longer fishing ban period which eventually resulted in positive output as fish stocks reportedly grew substantially,” Fabian said.

He lauded the efforts of fishing firms and sardines manufacturers for their understanding and perseverance in helping sustain viability for the industry in the years ahead.

Fabianalso paid tribute to the industry for finding ways to stay afloat while the ban was enforced by finding other ways to keep their workers busy.

The sardines industry has put the city in the country’s map as a major player in food manufacturing contributing to food security for our people and providing gainful employment for many of our residents in Zamboanga.

Now that the fishing ban is over, our workers can regain back their jobs and continue providing for their families and the community, Rep. Fabian added.