Ragay, Masbate, Samar seaboards focus of Ocean Month summit

  • May 17, 2017
  • Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, May 15 (PIA) – Municipal fisheries remain to be the largest contributor of fish production in the past. Significant factors though, triggered the decline of the rich manna from the oceans due to the waning population of marine life, most especially the declining catch of fish by local fishermen.


In response, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 57 issued in 1999, was given a mandate to spearhead activities that will promote the conservation and protection of the country’s coastal and marine resources.


On Wednesday, May 17, various local government units (LGUs), People’s Organizations, organized fishermen particularly those in the shores of Masbate, Samar coastlines and Lagonoy Gulf area and other stakeholders will convene at the Ninong’s Hotel, in Legazpi City to discuss among others, the gains that they have successfully pulled up in keeping up with the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management.


Dubbed “Ticao Pass- San Bernardino Strait- Lagonoy Gulf Summit,” the high-level meeting is an effort under the Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries (ECOFISH) project, a five-year initiative of the government through the Department of Agriculture (DA), BFAR  and the United States government through United States Agency for International Development (USAID).


The summit will revolve around the theme “Yaman ko ang Dagat Ko.”


Masbate, Samar and Lagonoy Gulf are among the eight marine key biodiversity areas (MKBAs) in the country that are covered by the project.


The ECOFISH project team expressed optimism that it will be able to restore the profitability and efficient production of marine resources through the enhancement of the natural resources, and the full cooperation of the communities, participation of stakeholders and the exercise of sound political will of the LGUs.  


Likewise, through the various lectures that promote the need for responsible stewardship of the ocean, fisherfolks are hoped to cease from illegal fishing and comply with the enforcement rules and regulations that seek to safeguard the existing life in the ocean.


To showcase the significant gains under the said project, there will be booths and exhibit viewing, AVP presentation/ photo collage of MKBAs, testimonies on social enterprise, and the recognition of champions and individuals and organizations who have contributed to the gains of the LGUs. (LSMacatangay, PIA5-Camarines Sur)

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