HELP FOR 306 banned Danish sein fishers in Cagayan

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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: To assist affected workers and fishermen banned for using Danish seine (locally known as Buli-buli) fishing gear, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) allocated P13.5 million worth of fishing equipment and gears to compensate them. BFAR’s Region 2 Director Milagros Morales said the help is underway for some 306 buli-buli workers in the coastal town of Buguey as the fisheries bureau undertakes the massive construction of fiberglass fishing boats. BFAR Director Eduardo Gongona approved P13.5 million fund for the construction of 102 fiberglass boats and fishing gears – gill nets, multiple handline, squid jigger and fish trap including training expenses. According to BFAR, the buli-buli fishing gear is prohibited due to its destructive nature using a rectangular concrete block which acts as sinker of the nets causing it to scrape and destroy the sea bottom and corals. Found violating the order will be meted maximum of 10 years in jail and a fine between P100,000 and P500,000 or both fine and imprisonment. The boat and gear used are also confiscated.

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