CEBU CITY— About 3,000 hectares of ocean covers in the Visayas will be closed to fishing for three months from November 15, 2017 to February 15, 2018 to allow for the spawning of sardines, herrings and mackerels.
Regional director Allan Poquita of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Central Visayas announced the news on Monday at a forum to observe this year’s implementation of Fisheries Administrative Order #167-3.
The order establishes a closed fishing season for the conservation of sardines, herrings and mackerels every year. The Visayas Seas is the migratory spawning place of these species of fish, Poquita said.
For the last six years that BFAR-7 has been implementing the three-month fishing ban, the number of apprehensions of illegal fishing have dwindled every year, Poquita said.
The ceremonial closing ceremonies are held at the Bakhawan Cultural Center, in Daanbantayan, Cebu which is near where the spawning takes place at the seas of Medellin, San Remigio, Daanbantayan and Bantayan Island.
Meanwhile, BFAR will distribute 85 units of fiberglass reinforced plastic surveillance boats to selected coastal towns in Cebu and Bohol on November 16 in ceremonies to be held in Carmen, Cebu Gym at 9 a.m.
The turnover of the vessels, a project of Senator Loren Legarda, will be attended by the governor, congressman and municipal mayors of the coastal towns of Bohol and Cebu. (Minerva BC Newman)