A month before its implementation, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-6) is already encouraging local government units to observe the yearly three month closed fishing season in the Visayan Sea.
“All the municipalities should observe the implementation of closed season in the Visayan Sea and in other municipalities where there are resources of sardines, mackerels and herrings,” said Director Remia Aparri of BFAR-6 in a recent program held in line with this year’s Fish Conservation Week celebration.
The closed fishing season will start on November 15, 2017 and will remain in effect until February 15, 2018.
Aparri said the closed season is an important measure as this will give these species of fishes the time to spawn or breed freely and restore its population.
“Importante ini bangud ang sardines or tabagak is one of the major commodities here in Region 6. It supports both sa aton nga local market – ang fresh kag dried nga tabagak,” said Aparri.
The Visayan Sea is a major fishing ground in the country. Sardines, herrings and mackerels make up one-third of the fish production in the area, a study revealed.
During the closed season, fishing, catching, possession, buying, and/or selling of sardines and mackerel and herrings are prohibited in the Visayan Sea.
Offenders will be charged accordingly under Fisheries Administrative Order No. 167-3 that embodies the annual ban, an ecosystem approach to fisheries resource management being advocated by BFAR. PIA-6