THE government will implement a 3-month moratorium against fishing round scad (galunggong) in North Eastern Palawan starting mid-November in line with the government’s program for sustainable utilization and management of the country’s aquatic resources.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said that the National Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council has approved the three-month moratorium on galunggong fishing in the province of Palawan following study on migration pattern and to give way to the fish species’ spawning period.
“The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources will oversee the implementation of the fishing ban starting November 15, 2015 to February 15 the following year,” Alcala said.
“The closed season for commercial fishing vessels aims to conserve marine resources, to secure the spawning period of pelagic fishes in the area and continuously implement measures to address illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing,” the DA chief added.
Under the terms of the closed season, fisherfolk or fishing companies will not be allowed to catch pelagic fishes using ring net and bag net.
The ban also applies to small-scale to large-scale commercial fishing with vessels from 3.1 gross tons to more than 150 GT.
Besides the closed season, the use of “hulbot-hulbot” (Danish Seine fishing gear), as well as collecting and exporting elvers, sargassum and corals are prohibited.
For the fifth consecutive year, BFAR have regularly implemented a seasonal three-month fishing ban in major fishing grounds in the country to determine the best management strategy that would ensure the sustainability and conservation of sardines, herring, and other small pelagic fish species.
The agency earlier said that the success of the closed season, by facilitating the natural progression of fish breeding cycle, has led to the resurgence of tamban and galunggong, attracting more tuna that feed on them.
Meanwhile, Alcala said the Aquino administration will continue to pour substantial budgetary support to enable the BFAR to fulfill its mandate of managing and conserving the country’s fishery resources.
“For the past five years, BFAR’s budget shift from P3.3 billion in 2010 to more than P6 billion in 2015 clearly shows this government’s utmost desire to protect our marine resources and promote the interest and welfare of our fisherfolk,” he said.