Bfar-Davao launches 11th closed fishing season

THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region-Davao Region (Bfar-Davao) has initiated the 11th annual closed fishing season in Davao Gulf, which runs from June 1 to August 31. This aims to conserve small pelagic fish and support their replenishment, repair and recovery. and reproduction.

Common small pelagic fish include Big-Eyed Scad (Matambaka/Matangbaka), Mackerel (Karabalyas/Alumahan), Scad (Galunggong) and Moonfish (Bilong-bilong).

During the closed season, Bfar-Davao strictly prohibits the use of bag nets, ring nets or modified fishing gear for similar activities.

Fishermen can still fish with proper permits and using hook and line or approved fishing gear.

Violators may face fines ranging from P20,000 to P500,000 or more as provided in Section 100 of Republic Act (RA) 10654, amending RA 8550, the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998. Convicted violators may also face detention and seizure of their catch. and equipment, and cancellation of the license.

During the kick-off program held on May 31, 2024 at the Davao Fish Port Complex, Toril, Davao City, several agencies and stakeholders reiterated their commitment to the Davao Gulf Closed Season.

Bfar-Davao will strengthen law enforcement efforts in the Davao Gulf through collaboration with the Department of Agriculture-Bfar (DA-Bfar) Monitoring, Control, and Surveillance (MCS) 3007 vessel manned by the Philippine Coast Guard. Partnerships with local government units and law enforcement agencies aim to monitor and deter illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

“We must work together to combat IUU fishing and promote sustainable fishing practices to ensure the long-term health of our oceans and coastal communities,” said Relly B. Garcia, Regional Director of Bfar-Davao OIC.

In addition, the National Stock Assessment Program (Nsap) regularly monitors and assesses fish stocks in connection with the Davao Gulf closed season.

The Nsap reported a significant 17 percent increase in landed catch, from 5,279 tons in 2022 to 6,180 tons in 2023, indicating a growing trend in fish production of small pelagic species in the Gulf. DEF