The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Bohol denied on Tuesday a cartel exist that allegedly control the fish prices in the province.
Leo Bongalos of the local BFAR made the remark during a committee hearing at the Sangguniang Panglalawigan.
A committee of the SP made an inquiry about the high prices of fish in the province following complaints from the public.
Bongalos said his office has never noticed any cartel operating allegedly controlling the fish prices here.
The idea of a cartel allegedly controlling fish prices was floated last week after Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) administrator Benjie Oliva made a statement to the media.
Oliva said a cartel may be controlling the fish prices.
However, Bongalos said there are no cartel operating contrary to the belief of Oliva.
Nonetheless, during the committee hearing, it was learned the prices of fish are influenced by the layers in the supply chain where the middlemen cause the padding in the prices of fish bought off the fisherfolks.
The committee hearings will be one of the series of hearings tackling the fish prices in Bohol.
Residents have been complaining of high fish prices here compared to other places in the Visayas.
The inquiry into the fish price came about after board member Tomas Abapo Jr. urged the provincial board to probe the high prices of fish in the province.