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Government Tries to Cure Dwindling Fish Catch

18 October 2013

PHILIPPINES - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is eyeing for the extension of the coverage of the National Stock Assessment Program to address problem on dwindling fish catch.

The NSAP aims to create standardized, specific and time-series information on marine capture fisheries around the country for management purposes and to develop and institutionalize the capability of the 16 BFAR regional offices in fishery stock assessment.

BFAR national director Asis Perez's message stressed that scientific studies and personal testimonies of fisherfolk revealed that fish catch in most of the country’s major fishing grounds is dwindling as a result of the deterioration of the fisheries and marine coastal resources.

“Our government is well aware of its ailing state and it is for this reason that researchers are continuously conducted to determine the severity of the ailment and find the cure,” Mr Perez revealed.

He said with BFAR’s dynamic approach, various fisheries initiatives which will directly and subtly impose conservation of resources are being rolled out in the different parts of the country.

Mr Perez said BFAR is very vocal in its position to safeguard its resources as key to sustainable fishery production in order to enjoy the abundance of these resources in the coming years.

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