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BFAR-7 pushes for fishing ban extension at Visayan Sea

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The Visayan Sea, one of the country’s major fishing grounds, is surrounded by the islands of Cebu on the southeast; Negros on the south; Panay on the west; and Masbate on the north.

THE BUREAU of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Visayas (BFAR-7) has recommended to extend the three-month fishing ban in the Visayan Sea to allow juvenile fish to fully mature. BFAR-7 director Allan L. Poquita urged the various local government units that surround the Visayan Sea to pass an ordinance allowing an extension of the annual three-month fishing ban, from Nov. 15 to Feb. 15, to give fingerlings time to become adult fishes. Mr. Poquita said that based on scientific research, the three marine species — sardines, herrings, and mackerels — found in the Visayan Sea typically spawn during the closed fishing period, and an extension of the ban would allow for growth resulting in bigger fish catch and increased fisheries production. — The Freeman

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