Fish prices may spike due to Visayan sea fishing ban

Brace for possible price spike in the already expensive fish in Bohol.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) through Regional Director Dr. Allan L. Poquita bared this warning as he shared that the government has declared a close fishing season for three kinds of fishes in the Visayan Sea.

Starting November 15 until February 15, BFAR through its Fishery Administrative Order (FAO) 167-3, has placed the entire Visayan Sea under a fishing ban.

In the ban are herring (tamban-tuloy), mackerel (hasa-hasa, borotborot, anduhaw) and sardines (mangsi).

FAO 167-3 prohibits catching, killing, selling or possessing of sexually mature sardines, herrings and mackerels or their larvae, or fry in the areas mentioned in the FAO.

Included in the fishing ban are the seas from the mouth of Danao River in bantayan Island to Madridejos, through Gigantes Island lighthouse, to Olutayan Island, then to Culasi Point in Capiz province, east to Bulacaue Point in Carles Ilo-ilo, south to the mouth of Talisay River, west to Guimaras strait to Tomonton Point in Negros Occidental and along the northern coast of nergos Island to Danao River, as stated in reports by Sunstar Ilo-ilo.

When this happens, fish supply reaching Cebu and Bohol which come from the country’s richest fishing grounds would be insufficient, pushing prices to move up.

Moreover, fishermen from the affected areas would be dispersed and fish elsewhere, and the Bohol sea would be a close neighbor, BFAR hinted.

This means commercial fishers from other regions especially those bound by the Cebu, Masbate and Negros Island could encroach our seas or municipal waters, fears local fishermen upon hearing the news.

Moreover, BFAR would be converging its floating assets including that of the Philippine Navy (PN) to the Visayan Sea in the next three months to patrol the area and enforce the ban, Director Poquita said.

The closed fishing period, Poquita said is expected to affect the current fish prices.

Bohol Sea, Tañon Strait, Cebu Sea and Mindanao Sea are the closes possible fishing areas and when commercial fishers displaced by the ban comes here, things happen, local fishermen commented.

BFAR said research have shown that the closed fishing season in the region in the past have positive results and then notice the decline of these banned species in the Visayan Sea again.

The Visayan Sea is considered among the richest fishing grounds in the country, has again pushed the government to enforce the ban.

BFAR warns violators they can face six-month imprisonment or revocation of fishing permits and licenses. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)




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