BFAR imposes sardine fishing ban
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has put a temporary halt on the fishing of “tamban” or Indian sardine in the Sulu Sea and Basilan Strait.
The fishing ban which runs through March, is imposed annually to give time for tamban to reproduce.
The ban also includes the selling, buying and possessing of sardines caught within the conservation area, Jerusalem Abdulahim, chief of the Fisheries Regulatory and Law Enforcement Division at BFAR Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, said in a news report.
To ensure full compliance with the administrative order, vessels will be sent out to patrol the seas in the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi to enforce the closed season policy.
Violators of the fishing ban will be penalized with confiscation of catch and gear and an administrative fine equivalent to five times the value of the catch, or a penalty ranging from P50,000 for small-scale commercial fishing to P5 million for large-scale commercial fishing.