Two more areas have been named by the Sangguniang Panlungsod as fish sanctuaries.
The SP during its regular session approved two ordinances naming Tangdol Reef of Brgy. Bancao-Banco and Tangkuli Reef of Brgy. Simpokan as new fish sanctuaries.
Councilor Victor Oliveros, chair of the Committee on food, agriculture and fisheries said 23.19 hectares of the sea is covered by the sanctuary.
The declaration of the areas as fish sanctuary will protect the coral transplantation technology project between Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Aquatic and Natural Resources Research Development (DOST-PCAARD), Sangkalikasan Producers Cooperative, Western Philippines University, Western Command and city government.
The Tangkuli Reef located in Simpokan covers a size of 63.5 hectares of sea.
Councilor Peter Maristela said the declaration of the sanctuaries will not be a hindrance for fisher folks living in the barangays.
Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida pointed out that the sea covered by Bgy. Bancao-Bancao may be large but the Tandol Reef is a small portion of it and is said to be capable of multiplying fishes through coral reefs.
Councilor Modesto Rodriguez II said the declaration is a part of the directive of the national government to declare more sanctuaries to maintain the places in the sea where fishes hatch eggs.