Many coastal LGUs still lack updated fishery code-A A +A
Friday, May 30, 2014
THE Negros Occidental Small Fishers Alliance (Nosfa) and the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) revealed Thursday that many coastal local government units in the province have not yet upgraded their fishery code.
In a press conference held at the Negros Press Club (NPC) office, Nosfa officials said the fishing grounds in the province are already saturated due to illegal fishing.
They said small fisherfolk now have meager fish catch with only about six to eight kilos a day from an average of 30 kilos per day in previous years.
The PRRM and Nosafa were hopeful when the National Fishery Code or Republic Act 8550 was enacted in 1998 because it seeks to protect the small fishermen.
Under the fishery code, zero to ten kilometer within the territorial waters of each locality is supposed to be reserved for small fishermen but encroachment of medium and large fishing boats are still rampant.
Local law enforcers also lack the legal support to pursue cases against illegal fishermen, the group said.
They said the PRRM and Nosfa will take up more of their concerns during the celebration of National Fisherfolk Day on May 31 where they will also demand for more fishery and aquatic reforms.
Nosda has about 90 small fisher organizations from 15 coastal towns and cities in the province.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 30, 2014.