Gov’t tackles seafood security 54th Fish Conservation Week
The government, through the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR), is now working towards more sustainable management for the country’s fisheries and aquatic resources.
That’s what BFAR National Director Eduardo Gongona said during the Fish Conservation Week, a yearly event organized by the government to intensify awareness on the need to conserve and protect fisheries and aquatic resources while fighting illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
“We are relentless in carrying out initiatives geared towards more science-based management for our marine and inland resources,” Gongona said.
One of the programs he was referring to is Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan or Clean and Abundant Seas, which reflects the earnestness of the government to promote resource protection and conservation.
As part of the conference, discussions among commercial and municipal fishers, local government units, non-government organizations, and the Coastal Law Enforcement Alliance for Region-7 (CLEAR-7) were also held to address issues in fisheries conservation, particularly on law enforcement.
“It is very important for our stakeholders to be aware of the law, especially about the amended Fisheries Code. They should know and understand the violations and the consequences,” BFAR Central Visayas Regional Director Dr. Allan Poquita said.
The event also includes a discussion on Vessel Monitoring Measures (VMM), which highlights the use of new technology to monitor fishing activities and ensure safety at sea for fishers.
Poquita says VMM is important to monitor fishing activities, particularly for commercial fishers in municipal waters and protected areas such as the Tañon Strait.