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PIA Press Release
2009/06/04

South Cotabato to lower down fish cage coverage

by Rhodz Beņez

Koronadal City (4 June) -- The Provincial government of the Province of South Cotabato headed by Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes has instructed the provincial environment and natural resources office (PEMO) to cut down the coverage of the fish cage in the selected areas of Lake Sebu down to 10 percent.

This according to a report, is in compliance with the national government's fishery regulation to implement the 10 percent utilization limit set by the Philippine Fisheries Code.

The Philippine Fisheries Code provides that fish cages should occupy at most only 10 percent of the total lake area to prevent the quality of the country's lakes from deteriorating.

Lake Sebu is a popular tourist destination because of its lakeside resorts and the culture heritage of the area's T'boli inhabitants. It is also recognized as one of the most important watershed areas in the country, the 92,450-ha landscape was proclaimed as a protected landscape on 24 September 1985. The purpose of the proclamation was primarily to protect the area from further degradation.

To preserve the lake, Fuentes directed the PEMO to conduct an inventory of fish cages in the lake and to organize a comprehensive clean-up drive for concern areas. (PIA 12) [top]

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