There is no fish shortage — DA Sec. Manny Piñol

There is no fish shortage — DA Sec. Manny Piñol

FILE PHOTO: A fish vendor in Dalahican Fish Port in Infanta, Quezon Province. (Rogz Necessito / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — “I don’t know what shortage they are talking about. There is an abundance of tamban (sardine) in Zamboanga del Norte.”

This is the statement of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol regarding the alleged fish shortage in the country.

According to him, what seems to be the problem is the lack of storage facilities to store the abundance of fish being caught.

The Department of Agriculture has also imposed a fishing ban in certain areas to give time for fish to reproduce, which the Secretary said, they are strictly implementing.

“Yung buong fishing vessels kapag nahuli sila hundred thousand na kaagad yun,” Usec. Eduardo Gongona said.

Meanwhile, Senator Cynthia Villar said aquaculture or fish farming is a key to seafood sufficiency in the country.

“Since our oceans will not be able to keep up with the rising demand for fish, we need to do fish farming or aquaculture kaya po pinagbubuti natin ang pag-encourage ng ( that is why we are encouraging) aquaculture sa ating bansa (in the country),” Villar said.

The senator also stressed that irresponsible waste disposal, particularly of plastic into the ocean, is one of the main reasons for the death of some marine species and depletion of the supply of aquatic resources. – Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

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