Council urged to stop illegal fishing in Lasang-A A +A
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
AT LEAST 200 fishermen on Tuesday sought for the intervention of the City Council of Davao to stop alleged illegal fishing activities in Lasang Village.
Gilbert Abella, Barangay Fisheries Aquatic Resources Management Council chief, said they believe that it is only the City Council who "has the authority to eradicate the illegal fishing in Davao Gulf."
"We denounce this illegal activity. It has caused us starvation and loss of economic income," Abella told reporters in an interview at the sideline of the regular session on Tuesday.
He claimed that the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) have never heard their qualms since they referred the issue to their office.
"We have long brought this issue before them, but no action was made," Abella said in vernacular.
He said the effect of the illegal fishing was felt due to the economic loss to his family.
"We got nothing to eat. (We have) no money to send our children to school," he said.
Speaking before the members of the Council, Jose Villanueva, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Division chief of BFAR-Davao, said not a single complaint has so far been lodged before their office regarding the issue raised by the fishermen.
However, Villanueva assured that should there be complaints, the BFAR will look into it immediately.
The 200 fishermen of Bucana and Tambongon in Barangay Lasang were duly assisted by Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, who started to raise the concern during the previous regular session.
Dayanghirang said upon learning about the alarming issue, he immediately conducted public consultations with the members of Nagkahiusang Mananagat sa Barangay Lasang (Nagambala) and Tambongon Fisherfolk Association last September 21 at the seawall at Bucana, Lasang.
“I could feel their burden, their hopelessness, distrust of any promises, but willingness to do any courses of action in order to immediately resolve their misery, famine and vulnerability against fishing vessel which siphoned all their potential catches for a day in order to provide food for their starving families,” he said in his privilege speech last week.
He said there must be a concrete action against the “long time existence of high-tech and well-financed illegal fishing activities which transformed their former fishing destination into a “dead sea” or like a barren soil.”
Dayanghirang proposed to include yesterday’s discussion in the report of the committee for its full intervention of the City Council.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 02, 2013.