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Closed season for Samar Sea fishing set in April

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By PIA 8-Samar

Catbalogan City, Samar — The Samar Sea Alliance through an agreement with fishing boat operators has Samar Sea declared as Close Season in the months of April, May, July and August.

Samar Sea Map (Photo courtesy of geographic.org)

Samar Sea Map (Photo courtesy of geographic.org)

This measure, to prohibit commercial fishing boats to fish in Samar Sea is to ensure that its marine resources can regenerate and increase its biomass.

This means that from 2.88 mt/sqkm the biomass will turn to 4 to 5 mt/sqkm, said Johnny Meniano of the Samar Office of the Provincial Agriculturist. Biomass is the gauge of the fish yield per square kilometer.

He said that there are about 41 big fishing operators that operate in Samar Sea.Big fishing operators are those whose vessels are  more than three tons.

Small fisherfolks though are not covered by the Close Season as they use only friendly fishing gears, said Meniano.

As to the fishing crew of the affected vessels, BFAR in agreement with the 11 local government units of the Samar Sea Alliance will provide alternative livelihood, he added. He said this was conceived during the meeting on Friday.

On March 11, 2017, some 1500 fisherfolks, fishing operators, mayors and fisheries stakeholders will meet in Gandara town to establish guidelines on how the affected fisherfolks can avail of the close season alternative livelihood.

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