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The launching was made possible through the Administrative Circular No. 2 (JAO 02-2014) that was issued jointly by DA and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) which prohibits the fishing from June to August of every year of species of fishes in Davao gulf that includes the big-eyed scad, skipjack tuna, species of tuna, scad, mackerel, and moonfish.

The JAO 02-14 also banned the use of bagnets, locally known as basnig, and ringnets for fishing activities in the Davao Gulf.

The JAO further states that the use of fine mesh net for ringnets and bagnets and similar fishing gears or operation throughout the year is prohibited.

The boat operator/captain/master fisherman or three highest officers of the boat violating the order shall be punished by imprisonment of six months and one day to six years or a fine of P6,000 and by forfeiture of catch and cancellation of fishing permit or license. 

BFAR 11 director Fatma Idris thanked DA Secretary Proceso Alcala and DILG Secretary Mar Roxas for their support to the JAO.

Idris said that they are going to crack down violators and ensure that forces from around the region are coming together to enforce it.

“Even if the closed season only runs from June to August, BFAR will continue to conduct other activities in line with JAO 02 over the year,” Idris explained.

The launching was also witnessed by the local government unit in Davao City, the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Philippine Coast Guard, NGOs, and fisherfolk organizations.

Davao gulf is found in Mindanao in the Philippines with an area of 308,000 hectares. It cuts into the island of Mindanao from Philippine Sea and mainly surrounded by all five provinces in the Davao Region. (Aggie Media Service)