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DA, BFAR celebrates fish conservation week 

The Department of Agriculture -Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR)  11 kicked-off the week-long celebration of the 51st Fish Conservation Week recently.

By virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 176 and as mandated in the Fisheries Code of the Philippines (RA 8550 s. 1998), the celebration intensifies awareness on the need to conserve and protect fisheries and aquatic resources,

This year’s theme "Sektor ng mga Mangingisdang Rehistrado at Kinikilala, Kabalikat sa Pagsulong ng Pangisdaang Masagana" centers on the campaign to minimize the illegal, unregistered and unregulated fishing along the coastal areas of Davao region through Municipal Fisherfolk Registration Program.

 It also encourages the owners of fishing vessels that are unlicensed to join the registration and get rid of their illegal status. 

At present, BFAR 11 reported that a total of 39, 941 fisherfolks were already registered in the region. The rate is much higher compared to last year’s 18,000 registrants.

However, BFAR 11 director Fatma Idris bared that there are still many fisherfolks that have not been registered online because of various challenges faced by their agency and the municipalities.

She also highlighted the successful closure of the Davao Gulf to large-scale commercial fishing activities through the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 02 by the Secretaries of the Agriculture and Interior departments.

As the celebrations keynote speaker, Agriculture director Remelyn Recoter congratulated the efforts of BFAR for the successful implementation of the projects within the region.

Recoter cited three strong points where the projects of BFAR 11 were recognized. First, the successful fishermen registration, second, is the successful implementation of JAO 02 and lastly the successful collaboration of DA and BFAR for the rehabilitation of coastal areas particularly in typhoon Pablo stricken areas in Compostela Valley Province and Davao Oriental.

“I salute the effort of BFAR and now the only challenge left is for us to sustain our effort in conserving and protecting our resources,” Recoter stressed.

As part of the week-long celebration, BFAR will highlight the event with trainings, contests and sportsfest. (Aggie Media Service)