Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Palawan is set to implement its third year ‘closed season’ for fishing of galunggong or roundscad in Northeastern Palawan, beginning on November 1, 2017 until January 31, 2018.
Mario Basaya, OIC of BFAR Palawan, said on Friday that the three-month closed fishing season policy only applies to commercial fishers or those with large-scale fishing vessels reaching about 1.3 to more than 150 gross tons (GT).
He said that galunggong are given time to multiply and to grow which will combat the threat of overfishing and to secure the long-term supply in the areas in accordance to Joint Administrative Order (JAO) No. 1 Series of 2015.
“Isa ito sa ating management measure para alagaan sila at may mga pagkakataon kasi na maliliit pa lang sila hinuhuli na, wala na silang chance para manganak,” Basaya said.
Basaya said the fisher folks in the area have seen the positive result of the previous implementation.
“Base doon sa mga mangingisda sa gilid ay nakikita nila ang epekto kasi dati hindi nila hinuhuli ang galunggong minsan mayroon na doon sa kanilang mga lambat,” Basaya said.
As of now, he said they are investigating the northeastern side of the province facing Mindoro which was reported to be gathering a large volume of galunggong which they attributed to the implementation of closed season.
“Kumukuha na kasi sila ng malalaki at maramihan na pero hindi pa lang namin alam kung ‘yon ba ay resulta na ng idineklara nating closed season dito sa area natin,” he said.
Based on the data provided by their office earlier, the Northeastern part of Palawan has been identified as a major fishing ground of galunggong, particularly the areas of Busuanga, Calamian Group of Islands, Coron, Linapacan, Agutaya, Taytay, Dumaran Araceli, and Cuyo, which comprise some 35,943 square kilometers.
Jun Bundal, DA- BFAR Regional Fishermen Training Center Representative said that almost 90% of galunggong in Navotas are from Palawan and almost 68% are other fish type.
“Hindi lahat napupunta sa atin. Kaya nga sabi ko minsan bakit hindi muna sila pumunta dito sa atin para magreport para alam ng taga-Palawan na itong isda ay galing dito at ganito karami pero may record ang Navotas at kinukuha rin ng mga researchers natin,” Bundal said.
Following the terms of the closed season, fisher folks or fishing companies will not be allowed to catch pelagic fishes using purse seine (pangulong), ring net (likom) and bag net (basnig).