ZAMBOANGA CITY: The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will lift its three-month ban on sardine-fishing in conservation areas of the Zamboanga Peninsula on December 1, according to a top official of the agency.
BFAR Region 9 Director Isidro Velayo Jr. over the weekend announced that the move is in consonance with BFAR Administrative Circular (BAC) 255 or the “Establishment of Closed Season for the Conservation of Sardines within the territorial waters of Zamboanga Peninsula Bay, East Sulu Sea and Basilan Strait.”
Region 9 is composed of the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay and the cities of Dapita, Dipolog, Isabela, Pagadian and Zamboanga.
Velayo explained that the sardine fishing in the area is seasonally suspended each year from December 1 to March 1 of the succeeding year “in order to accommodate the three-month spawning period of the fish species.
He said sardines belong to the family Clupeidae including, but not limited to, Sardinellalemuru (Bali Sardinella) with local names as tamban-tuloy, tunsoy and haul-haul; Amblygastersirm (spotted sardinella or tamban kasig); Sardinellafimbriata (fimbriated sardines or tamban lapad, tabagak, tunsoy and iiryan); Sardinellagibbosa (goldstripesardinella or tamban yapad); Dussumieraacuta (round dwarf herring or tulis, balintiyo and hilos-hilos).
The fishing of these pelagic species will be prohibited until March 11 next year for them to thrive abundantly, Velayo added.
He urged concerned local stakeholders, coastal communities and commercial fishing operators “to extend their full support, cooperation and all-out participation to the bureau in its effort to manage, conserve and protect our fishery resources through the effective and smooth implementation of the three-month closed season for sardines.”
The BFAR regional chief enjoined all sectors to strictly comply with the policy set in BAC 255 to avoid penalties.