ARMM marks 51st Fish Conservation Week
Cotabato City (14 October 2014) – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BFAR-ARMM) will mark the observance of the 51st Fish Conservation Week this 13-17 October 2014 with series of activities meant to intensify the campaign to protect and conserve the region’s marine resources.
Janice Musali, BFAR-ARMM director, said they want to increase the awareness of fisherfolk in the region in conserving and sustaining marine life and protecting coastal areas.
She said fisherfolk play a key role in maintaining the vitality of aquatic resources and in advancing sustainable fishing.
With the theme “Sektor ng mgaMangigisdangRehistrado at Kinikilala, KabalikatsaPagsulong ng PangisdaangMasagana”, Musali said they hope projects like Fisherfolk Registration (FishR) can help contribute to sustainable fishing in the country.
According to BFAR-ARMM, the region now has about 200,000 registered fisherfolk under the FishR project, exceeding the initial target of 100,000.
Musali was joined by ARMM Agriculture SecretrayMakmod Mending and a number of fiherfolk leaders from Maguindanao on Tuesday in this city to mark the start of this year’s fish conservation week in a ceremony that was highlighted by the distribution of fishery equipment and special recognition to past directors of BFAR-ARMM.
The ARMM government distributed a total of 40 units of 5HP engines for banca, 50 units of non-motorized banca, 44 sets of gill nets, 21 pieces of fish packaging plastic sealer and 176,000 tilapia fingerlings to target beneficiaries in fishing communities in the towns of Parang, Indanan, Patikul and Jolo in Sulu province and the towns of Talayan and Talitay in Maguindanao province.
ARMM consistently ranks number one in the entire country in terms of fisheries and seaweeds production.
“This year’s celebration of Fish Conservation is also made memorable because this could be the last time for the ARMM government to celebrate the event,” Musali said. (Bureau of Public Information)