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Philippines Celebrate 45th Fish Conservation Week

by Ellen Hardy
14 October 2008, at 1:00am

PHILIPPINES - On October 20-30, 2008 the Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 2 will celebrate the 45th Fish Conservation Week to highlight the theme: "Pagbabago ng Klima Hamon sa Likas-Kayang Pangisdaan."

Regional Director Jovita P. Ayson said the Fish Con Week will focus on the challenges and threats brought about by the climate change on aquatic resources that needs to be mitigated with the help of the fisherfolks and concerned individuals.

"We need to advocate for the mitigation aspect of global warming and address the threats caused by illegal activities along coastal marines and rivers of the region like the illegal poaching, illegal logging and illegal fishing, coastal mining and water pollution," Ayson said.


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"We need to advocate for the mitigation aspect of global warming and address the threats caused by illegal activities along coastal marines and rivers"
Regional Director Jovita P. Ayson

Ayson explained that fish production in the region continuously increase however, most of the these are products of aquaculture because the marine production is getting depleted due to illegal fishing activities aside from the foreign poaching.

Part of the celebration will be the conduct of coastal clean-up, mangrove planting, fingerling dispersal, fish processing and cooking demo, and environmental management plan as mitigating measure to prevent fish habitat from any forms of destruction.

Meantime, Ayson revealed that the office is able to produce 7.3M fingerlings which were dispersed to 93 LGUs, 6120 fish farmers, backyard operators and also to Small Water Impounding Projects (SWIPs) all over the region.

Aside from these, BFAR was able to distribute 5 units of Payao, a fish aggregating device, to fisherfolks of Aparry, Claveria, Sanchez Mira, Buguey and Sta. Ana, all of Cagayan province.

Ayson said they continually exert effort in developing and introducing livelihood projects to help improve life of fisherfolks most specially those living along the coastal areas.

Meatime, BFAR 2 is one of the recipients of Public Service Delivery Audit (PASADA) Award from the Civil Service Commission for its effort in going after illegal poachers and from the conservation and protection of aquatic ecosystem.

Ellen Hardy