The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has banned harvesting and trading of three species of fish–mackerels, herrings and sardines–from the Visayan Sea, considered as one of the country’s richest fishing grounds.
The move is targeted at replenishing the dwindling fish species. The ban took effect on Monday, November 16.
“This season is a time for these fishes to properly reproduce,” said Remia Aparri, BFAR-6 Regional Director.
The fishing ban covers Western Visayas coastal areas facing Iloilo, Capiz and Negros Occidental provinces, together with coastal parts of Anilao, Ajuy, Balasan, Banate, Barotac Nuevo, Barotac Viejo, Batad, Carles, Concepcion, Estancia and San Dionisio towns.
The ban also includes Capiz coastal areas of Roxas City, as well as the towns of Pilar, Pontevedra, President Roxas and Panay.
Negros Occidental, EB Magalona, Victorias City, Manapla, Sagay City, Cadiz City, and Escalante City are also under the ban, as well as Bantayan Island in Cebu province.
BFAR-6 reiterated the call for local governments bordering the Visayan Sea to fully enforce the fishing ban that ends on February 15, 2021.