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BFAR Implements Sardine Fishing Ban

Lucy Towers
13 January 2016, at 12:00am

PHILIPPINES - The fishery ministry of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has implemented a three month closed season for sardine fishing in Sulu Sea and Basilan Strait, to allow sardines to spawn freely, according to officials.

Amir Mawalil, ARMM's public information chief, said their region’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) would implement the closed season on the catching of sardines until March, reports PhilStar.

Jerusalem Abdullahim, ARMM-BFAR chief of the Fisheries Regulatory and Law Enforcement Division, said the annual ban intends to conserve the population of the sardines locally known as “tamban.”

The executive said the closed season was pursuant to the Philippine Fisheries code which covers the waters of east Sulu Sea, Basilan Strait, and the Sibuguey Bay for the temporary suspension to allow the spawning of the fish species.

Mawalil said the ban also includes selling, buying and possessing sardines caught within the conservation area.