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Federation chief says GenSan fish industry has alternative to purse seine fishing

by Danilo E. Doguiles

Koronadal City (3 February) -- An official of a local federation of fishing companies in SOCCSKSARGEN said yesterday that fishing companies here may have to resort to traditional and considerably less effective hook and line fishing method, locally called "payaw" to withstand the repercussions of the two-year fishing ban being implemented in some parts of the international waters of the Pacific.

Bayani Fredeluces, executive director of the SOCSKSARGEN Federation of Fishing Associations and Allied Industries based in General Santos City, said that the fishing prohibitions affecting the fishing industry in the country has affected mostly purse seiners.

"Those involved in hook and line fishing are not included in the present two-year ban. The ban for the use of 'payaw' ended in August and September last year," Fredeluces explained.

Hook and line fishing is tagged a traditional method and therefore yields much lesser than purse seine fishing that uses nets.

Tuna processors and exporters NH Agro Industrial Corporation, Drewzel Shipyard and Services Inc., and Phillip?s Seafood Mindanao Corporation, all purse seiners, have temporarily suspended operations in January because of drastic reduction of tuna stocks.

A number of commercial fishers have also reduced the number of fishing boats in operation to as much as 30%.

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) implemented the two-year fishing ban in the high seas of the Pacific effective January 1 to mitigate the overfishing of bigeye and yellowfin tuna and to ensure that stocks of these highly migratory fishes are maintained at levels capable of producing their maximum production yield.

The measure includes closure of two pockets the high seas of the Pacific to purse-seiners. Covered in the ban are the high seas bounded by Micronesia, Indonesia, Palau, and Papua New Guinea and the high seas surrounded by Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. (PIA 12) [top]

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