Fishing ban takes effect in Zamboanga Peninsula Dec. 1

Fishing ban takes effect in Zamboanga Peninsula Dec. 1

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – The three-month fishing ban in the entire Zamboanga Peninsula will begin on Saturday (December 1).

According to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), the ban covers, in particular, a variety of sardines such as the local tamban, tunsoy, haul haul, tabagak, and balantiyog among others.

The agency said the ban will provide the fish ample time to breed.

“Mabigyan din natin ng chance na makapahinga yung dagat at saka yung small pelagic fishes natin which is very critical,” explained Roger Castro, the Regional Director of Zamboanga Fisherfolk Association.

The use of fishnets is also not allowed such as the purse seine, ringnet, bagnet and scoop net.

Violators of small-scale commercial fishing will face a fine of P50,000 to P100,000 but those who will violate provisions of the large-scale commercial fishing will face a fine of P1-M to P5-M.

The BFAR, however, clarified that boat fishing or using small bancas are allowed which, according to local fisherfolks, will at least help them in their daily consumption.

Meanwhile, the BFAR assured to provide aid for affected fisherfolks on the duration of the fishing ban.

This includes livelihood training for alternative sources of income during the three-month period.

“Iyong maibibigay na tulong doon sa mga (maaapektuhan) maraming mga agency din ang kasama namin mayroong DOST, DSWD mga agency na tumutulong dyan kahit yung mga malalaking kumpanya na sa fishing nila may mga tao rin silang tutulungan,” Pedling Munap of BFAR Region 9 concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Dante Amento)

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