DUMAGUETE CITY (DWDD) – November 15 marks the beginning of the closed fishing season for the Visayan Sea for sardines, herring and mackerel.
Leading this is the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), as an intervention to better manage the country’s fisheries resources. BFAR and other stakeholders gathered in Daanbantayan in Cebu and Sagay in Negros Occidental to send-off new patrol vessels to enforce the ban in the area.
Due to the proximity of the Visayan Sea to the Tañon Strait, however, fishing vessels have been known to enter the northern part of the protected area to fish.
At a press event held at a Navy vessel in Dumaguete City, Tañon Strait Protected Area Superintendent (PASU) Prospero ‘Am’ Lendio reiterated that commercial fishing is not allowed in the Tañon Strait, one of the Philippines’ largest marine protected areas.
“The Protected Area Office, in partnership with other agencies, have stepped up its enforcement efforts to ensure that the Tañon Strait will not suffer from the threats of illegal commercial fishing during the closed season in the Visayan Sea,” says Lendio.
“We are guarding both the northern and southern entrances to the Tañon Strait to demonstrate that commercial fishing is not welcome here.” NPAO/MCAG