BFAR launches Cebuano primer on the Fisheries Code
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) wants fishermen and local government units in Cebu to have a better understanding of the Fisheries Code, with the launch of a Cebuano primer on the amended version of the law.
A statement showed that BFAR has launched the Cebuano primer on the Fisheries Code as amended by RA 10654 in collaboration with international organization Oceana.
The primer highlights the salient points of the amended Fisheries Code, including provisions on vessel monitoring, Citizen’s Suits and Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP).
The primer was launched at the 54th Fish Conservation Week. During the event, a special map highlighting the areas in the Cebu side of the Tañon Strait where illegal commercial and destructive fishing plus other violations of the law occur was also unveiled. It was the product of various workshops of the Tañon Strait’s Small Management Units Cebu Cluster.
The Tañon Strait, one of the largest marine protected areas in the Philippines, pioneered the requirement and pilot-testing of vessel monitoring technology in protected seascapes.
It was done under the pilot-testing program of Oceana in partnership with government.
“Let us honor and ensure compliance with our fisheries and environmental laws while mainstreaming science-based decision-making and engaging citizens for the protection of our seas. These are the key ingredients for restoring the health of fishing grounds like the Tañon Strait, as we strengthen partnerships among stakeholders to ensure seafood security for all, forever,” said Oceana Philippines Vice-president Gloria-Estenzo Ramos.