Revised fisheries order strengthens ban on hulbot-hulbot fishing
The Department of Agriculture (DA) approved a proposed update to Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) No. 246 in accordance with RA 10654 on the banning of the operation of Danish Seine and Modified Danish Seine on Philippine waters.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol signed FAO No. 246-1 last week, which now includes a provision declaring the mere possession of Danish Seine or Modified Danish Seine locally termed hulbot-hulbot or buli-buli and/or any of its paraphernalia as a prima facie evidence for violation.
A prima facie evidence denotes that a person may be presumed to be have committed an illegal act only by the mere fact of having a prohibited item as an evidence.
The amendment, after thorough deliberation, was endorsed by the National Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (NFARMC).
This was following a clamor from the Alliance of Provinces for the Protection of the Visayan Sea and other stakeholders to strengthen the implementation of the said FAO.
The amended FAO will take effect 15 days after its official publication.