Temporary Ban On Sardine Catches

6 December 2011, at 12:00am

PHILIPPINES - A temporary ban on sardine catches has been enforced in the Philippines 'sardine capital' Zamboanga.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has implemented the ban in order to give enough time for sardines to spawn and therefore increase supply.

The ban started on the 1 December and will only be in force for three months.

However, it is expected that this short ban will result in around 30,000 people loosing their jobs.

The national director of BFAR, Asis Perez, said that anyone found to be fishing illegally for sardine while the ban is in place will face fines and a jail sentence.