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Batangas Province reimplements rest of the bays

by Thiago Santos December 16, 2021 BATANGAS CITY - The Province of Batangas is re -enforcing the Closed Season or “Pagpapahinga ng mga Look ...

by Thiago Santos
December 16, 2021

Batangas Province reimplements rest of the bays

BATANGAS CITY - The Province of Batangas is re -enforcing the Closed Season or “Pagpapahinga ng mga Look ng Balayan, Talin, Nasugbu, Batangas at Tayabas” from December 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022 and strict monitoring of the use of fine mesh net or fine nets from January 1 to March 31, 2022 to give more time to grow juvenile fish as a result of the implementation of the Closed Season, in connection with the theme “Panandaliang Sakripisyo, Pangmatagalang Benepisyo”.

The said Closed Season is a program implemented in the province annually since 2014. In collaboration with the Provincial Government of Batangas, through the Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office (PGENRO), the towns of Balayan, Bauan, Calaca, Calatagan , Lemery, Lian, Lobo, Mabini, Nasugbu, San Juan, San Luis, San Pascual, Taal and Tingloy, and Batangas City.

Other provincial government offices also assisted, including the Provincial Agriculture’s Office (OPA), Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) and Provincial Information Office (PIO); national offices such as the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources - PENRO; and non-government organizations, such as the Malampaya Foundation, Inc., Conservation International-Philippines and First Gen Corporation, which conduct studies and consultations, and provide logistics requirements for the successful and orderly implementation of the program.

Enforcement agencies, such as the Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Central, Regional and Provincial Offices, Philippine National Police (PNP) - Batangas Police Provincial Office and City/Municipal Police Stations, also play an important role. PNP Maritime Group, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Air Force, and Coast Guards in enforcing the Closed Season by patrolling, surveillance and apprehending violators of the Fisheries Law.

The Province of Batangas is considered the first local government unit to implement such a program throughout the Philippines, followed by other provinces, specifically the Verde Island Passage.

Such activities allow fish, such as Galunggong and Matambaka, to spawn and reproduce, and give juvenile fish the opportunity to grow as a result of the Closed Season, so more time will be focused on surveillance. to them before being caught by fishermen. The program seeks to restore the vitality of fishing in the province, for the benefit of fishermen and the people living along the coast of Batangas.

In this regard, the fishing use of Basnig, Pukutan or Pukot, and Pangulong or Paipot in the municipal waters of Batangas is prohibited for two months and fine mesh net or fine nets for the next three months. Although it is stated in the Fisheries Law or Republic Act No. 10654 prohibiting such fishing in municipal waters, during the Seasonal Closure it will be even more strictly monitored.

Because this work is in compliance with existing law, the Batangas Provincial Government, led by Gov. DoDo Mandanas, demands the solidarity of all, especially our fishing citizens for their long-term benefit.

The date of the Closed Season is determined based on the result of scientific studies conducted prior to its implementation.

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