PH imports ‘galunggong’ due to sea dispute with China
Catch from offshore fishing is declining because Filipino fishermen are being bullied by China, an official of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said.
In a report by the Philippine News Agency (PNA), Westly Rosario, chief of the National Integrated Fisheries Technology and Development Center (NIFTDC), said because of lower fish catch, the Philippines was forced to import “galunggong” from China.
NIFTDC is a research arm of the BFAR that is based in Dagupan.
Rosario said Panatag Shoal, which used to be a rich fishing ground for fishermen from Pangasinan and Zambales, has been taken over by the Chinese.
Because of this, Filipino fishermen have been deprived of their catch.
Rosario told the PNA the government should give more attention to aquaculture to fill up the slack in the supply from offshore fishing.
He also said education in fishery schools should also be improved.