ILOILO CITY: Some 20 big commercial fishing boat operators based in Western Visayas are slated to hold a two-day fish holiday starting on Tuesday to protest the proposed amendments to the Fisheries Code of the Philippines or Republic Act No. 10564.
However, Philippine Fishing Port Development Authority (PFDA) port manager Edgar Deysolong allayed fears of fish shortage in Iloilo and the rest of the region. He said the fish holiday will not in anyway affect the delivery of fish products from the aquaculture sector and from the municipal fishing industry.
Deysolong added that fish prices will not go up as commercial fish still dominate public markets and supermarkets here.
Jun Borres, president of the commercial fishing vessel association, said they decided to stage the protest over what they call unreasonable demands in the proposed amendments. Some of the amendments include penalties for erring commercial fishing vessels from a low P30,000 to P1 million.
The commercial fishing boat operators are also protesting the mandated installation of global positioning system or GPS in all fishing boats.