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PIA Press Release
2009/10/21

46th Fish Conservation Week celebration focuses on Climate Change

Cagayan de Oro City (21 October) -- On October 18-24, 2009 marks the 46th celebration of fish conservation week.

This year's slogan, "Pagpapaunlad ng pangisdaan, hamon sa nagbabagong panahon," is focused on the threats and challenges on how to combat climate change.

In region 10, simultaneous mangrove planting and coastal clean-up will be undertaken in the four (4) provinces of the region that would help in mitigating the harsh impact of climate change.

OIC Regional Director David Ernacio of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in region 10 stressed that mangroves help protect shorelines from damaging storm, floods, waves and even tsunamis.

Importantly, it serves as valuable nursery areas for fish and other invertebrates.

To strengthen conservation campaigns, Orientation on Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 208 and Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species for Flora and Fauna (CITES) listed fishery products, Republic Act (RA) 8550 or the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 and Information, Education and Communication (IEC) on coastal resource management will be conducted.

To augment fisheries production, there will be dispersal of GET EXCEL tilapia fingerlings to the different communal bodies of water in the region.

To achieve nationwide impact, BFAR will synchronize their daily activities accordingly: a) October 18 is set for Public Information Day; b) October 19 for the Opening Program; c) October 20 for Coastal and Fishery Resource Enhancement Day; d) October 21 for Technology and Livelihood Day; e) October 22 for Fishery Law Enforcement Day; and f) October 23 for Awarding and Closing Program.

The celebration calls the need for protection, conservation and proper management of our coastal and marine resources from the different sectors of the society.

With this celebration, BFAR 10 hopes the activity would serve as a venue for generating support from other government agencies, private, civic groups and other sectors for food security in the country aside from conservation of the coastal and marine resources.

The celebration is embodied through Presidential Proclamation No. 176 by late President Diosdado Macapagal. (BFAR-10) [top]

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