Ringnets, bagnets prohibited in gulf

FISHERS using ringnets and bagnets are not allowed to fish in the Davao Gulf for the whole duration of the closed season, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Bfar) Davao reminded.

This, after the bureau earlier arrested the first violator of the second year implementation of the closed season policy of the Davao Gulf in Davao City.

Fatma Idris, director of the Bfar-Davao, earlier said the ring-net and bagnet were identified as two fishing gears that could catch juvenile fishes in the sea such as matambaka, moro-moro ang bilong-bilong.

"Bawal mangisda yung mga operators na may bagnet, bawal dito yung mga gumagamit ng ring-net. Let's give chance for these juvenile fishes to grow. Imagine what will happen next kung nahuhuli na nila yung maliliit na isda," Idris said.

Davao Gulf, Idris said, is an ideal and potential spawning and breeding ground for tuna and tuna-like species, adding that this should be protected the earlier the better.

The closed season and fishing ban will run from June 1 to August 31 to protect and allow the small pelagic fishes more time to grow during their spawning season.

Anyone who will be caught fishing in Davao Gulf using the two banned gears regardless of tonnage will be punished with an imprisonment of six months and one day to a maximum of six years.

Idris said as to this year's first time violator identified as the F/BCA Three Sisters of Lupon, Davao Oriental, the case is subject to administrative fine worth P6,000, forfeiture of catch, and the cancellation of their fishing license.

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