BFAR opens 55th fish conservation week
The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) has opened the annual fish conservation week, which is part of the Maritime and Archipelagic Nation Awareness Month (MANA MO) celebrated every September each year by virtue of Presidential Proclamation 316 s. 2017.
On this year’s fish conservation week, the government, through the DA-BFAR, takes to center stage the significance of safeguarding and conserving the fisheries resources of the municipal waters.
“When we take care of the municipal waters, we take care of the entire Philippine fisheries,” Agriculture Undersecretary for Fisheries and BFAR national director Eduardo Gongona said.
The marine municipal waters’ contribution to the overall performance of the Philippine fisheries sector is reflected on the data gathered by the Philippine Statistics Authority.
In 2017, the municipal waters produced a total of 962,146 metric tons (MT) of fish with an estimated value of more than P75.3 billion, followed closely by commercial fisheries at 948, 281 MT amounting to P59.7 billion.
As a way to sustainably manage the resources in the municipal waters, DA-BFAR is also stepping up its partnership and cooperation with the local government who has mandate over these waters.