Stakeholders lauded for adherence to fish ban PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 March 2013 10:51

District 2 Rep. and ‘Fuerza’ mayoralty bet lauded the stakeholders of the vital fish industry here for their strict and unilateral adherence to the fishing ban which has greatly enhanced viability.

Speaking at yesterday’s start of the 3-day Mindanao wide environment Media Conference sponsored by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources ( BFAR) and the ceremonial lifting of the fish ban held shipside of the MV DABFAR, Cong.t Fabian said the patience and perseverance of stakeholders including the fishing fleets and sardines factory owners and the BFAR under the auspices of the Department of Agriculture is now paying off handsome dividends as fish stock has reportedly rose significantly duration of the ban providing bountiful harvests to fisherfolk in the city and the region as a whole.

Fabian added while much more needs to be done to further enhance the fishing and sardine making industries in the city, cooperation among stakeholders is a good first step in achieving progress and development for all.

“At the end of the day, your cooperation with the practice of allowing ample time for fish stock to re-populate by allowing a longer ban period on fishing, we have enhanced fishing industry successfully and will provide enough for everyone for years to come,” he said.

“If I will be allowed to serve the city longer, I will assure you the stakeholders that I will sit down with you, I will listen and I will be open to helping you bring this industry to even greater heights in the years to come, now that I have seen the willingness of everyone to help,” Fabian added.

He also thanked officials of the BFAR headed by Regional Director AhadullaSajili and BFAR National Director Asis Perez for their masterful handling of the fishing industry in the city and the region, now the sardines capital of the country with more than 20 canning factories operating employing thousands of workers in the west coast of the city.

The fishing ban was effectively lifted March 1, 2013 across the Zamboanga Peninsula area by the BFAR following a 3-month halt to fishing operations for ‘Tamban’ in the city’s coastal areas and the Sulu sea.