Fishing and Aquaculture Awareness

Fishing and Aquaculture Awareness

Life living near the coastline is simple.

Enjoying the fresh breeze of air, that early morning mild dew and chirping birds, running along the coastline and enjoying the beauty of the calm sea, and the beauty of early sun rise.

Less stress, less pressure.

Things that I’ve been missing now that I’m living in this concrete jungle.

Fishing and Aquaculture Awareness

Waking up as early as 5AM in the morning is considered late when you live in a provincial area.
Back in my childhood days, we used to wake up as early as 4 to 5am just to wait for the arrival of fishing boats, in order to get the freshest and best fishes that they’ve got. I learned that by doing so, we got the chance to buy more affordably directly from the fishermen, and cutting the addition costs if we will buy fish and other seafood from the middlemen.

Fishing and Aquaculture Awareness

Yes, life as a fisherman is tough too. Going out in the sea at 6PM and have to endure that cold nights in the open sea, to find some good catch – if they are lucky, they will bring home barrels of catch, and for the days that are not, brings home few or worst, empty barrels.

And that’s a sad truth.

And when greed arise, illegal fishing is their next option.

Illegal fishing is a huge and serious issue. Many are being caught and got jailed due to illegal territorial fishing (think about the issue at the Philippine Sea disputed, and others).

Even locally, illegal fishing shouldn’t be tolerated.

Some fishermen are engaged in this illegal activity for the promise of huge money, however they deliberately forgot about the huge impact it will give.

There comes the destruction of the sea and the underwater corals caused by cyanides, polluting the open sea that gives skin allergy for the people, and the total loss of the fishes and other bad effects.

How can we discourage these irregularities?

Fishing and Aquaculture Awareness

During the last season of IFEX 2017, I got an opportunity to visit the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (DA-BFAR) booth, and I am glad that I did.

I had a chance to gain access to their reference materials about best practices and conduct in agricultures, especially for fishing industry.

They are giving away these reading materials for FREE for all visitors, to help understand the corresponding programs that the government is offering, plus the updated laws about fishing and aquaculture.

Fishing and Aquaculture Awareness

I didn’t think twice and asked for copies of these reading materials. I never learned these my years in school and I am thankful that this organization is facilitating this means of awareness.

Fishing and Aquaculture Awareness

Everyone should have knowledge about the good practices and conduct, including the corresponding law and punishment related to Fishery and Aquaculture Law.

DA-BFAR is distributing these reference materials for the public, and they are very helpful, even translated these prints in local Filipino language for easy understanding for all Filipinos.
I find it truly interesting!

Fishing and Aquaculture Awareness

Reading the booklet containing the rules of Philippine Republic Act 10654 – the amended Fishery Law,
I learned that;

1). Fishing without license is a violation and punishable by law and payment of fine from Php50,000 up to 5M, and jail time of minimum of 6-months.

2). Fishing outside the Philippine territory without license is punishable by law, and payment of fine of Php2M up to Php45M and jail time of 6-months (minimum).

3). Illegal fishing in the Philippine waters by foreign fishermen with approval, has a fine of US$600,000 up to US$1,000,000, and jail time of 6-months up to 3-years.

4). Using of chemicals and bombs for fishing – a fine of Php30,000 up to Php3M, and jail time of minimum 6-months.

5). Use of fine mesh net – includes confiscation of fishing equipment, fine of Php20,000 up to Php200,000, and jail time of 6-months up to 2-years.

6). Collecting and Selling of Corals – payment fine of Php500,000 up to Php10M, and jail time of 10 to 20 years.

7). Collecting, Selling and Trading of endangered species under CITES (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) – payment fine of Php500,000 up to Php5M, and jail time of 12 to 20 years.

8). Water Pollution – payment fine of Php300,000 up to Php500,000 plus jail time of 6-months up to 12 years.

9). Non-compliance to aquaculture best practices – payment fine of Php10,000 up to Php100,000 and jail time of 3 years.

10). Use of unlicensed/unauthorized fishing equipment - payment fine of Php200,000 up to Php1M (whichever is higher).

Fishing and Aquaculture Awareness

….and many more!

I still need to familiarize the guidelines and laws, because it is something that we should be aware of.
If you want to learn more about these, and you have passion on aquaculture you may contact DA-BFAR at www.bfar.da.gov.ph


You can also download the complete Implementing Rules and Regulations from this website.


xoxo, Blair



51 LOVES AND COMMENTS:

  1. These sound like some really important issues that really need to gain awareness around the area.

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    1. Definitely.

      Because if we care much of the land, we should also care more of our waters.

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    2. Exactly it makes me sad that people don't seem to care about the water - there are amazing creatures living within it.

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  2. Hye mostly people don't have know about aquaculture they do it without knowledge . It's great to seen your creating awareness about it

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    1. Thanks! It is nice to care for the nature.

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  3. I live on the coast of the US, and while a permit is required in most towns, I don't think it illegal to fish anywhere. It was interesting reading that there are places where it is.

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    1. Every country who owns a territorial waters have the right to make fishing illegal for non-citizen of their country.

      Of course, US will be furious to discovered that some Chinese fishermen are fishing illegally from the US water territory.

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  4. You've raised so many important issues about fishing! So comprehensive.

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  5. I had no idea there was so many issues with fishing. I'm glad there are more rules about it. Hopefully people take them seriously to avoid those fines.

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    1. Oh what I've listed are quite minor. I do wish that the penalties must be increased. The higher the penalty, the more people will be aware of the consequences, and not do illegal fishing.

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  6. Ha! Perhaps I would fit in more here than where I live now because I wake up at 5am pretty much on the daily and people think I am nuts!! I loveeee the peace and quiet in the morning though, before anyone else wakes up!

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    1. Hahaha that's what I like in the rural areas. I like waking up so early and catch the beautiful sight.
      I mean, I can never do this in the city.

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  7. I live in New England and we have a lot of commercial fisherman here. Even to fish leisurely you need a licence.

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    1. Yeah, its okay to fish as long as you have valid license. But even with license, it doesn't mean we can fish unlimited!

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  8. I have never been fishing though this year, the opportunity was presented to me for the first time. But I do enjoy wild caught fish. Very tasty!

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    1. That's awesome! But its pity to catch exotic fishes.

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  9. It is terrible that there are so many people willing to break the fishing laws. No wonder the fines are so stiff.

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    1. I agree! Well actually the fines are still cheap. This should be revised and make it more higher.

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  10. This is great! More people should speak out about illegal fishing that's destroying the ocean. We here suffer from it too!

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    1. I can't imagine life without fishing. So I believe that everyone should care for it.

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  11. Thanks for creating this awareness among your readers. It is our responsibility to care for our ocean. It is also part of Mother Nature.

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    1. Thank you Emily,

      We should care now, for our children's future and our next generation.

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  12. Thanks for sharing this information. I had know idea how much this was a problem in your country. I can imagine how tough this makes it for people who do fish legally.

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    1. Oh yeah.. And there are times citizens from other countries (like China, Vietnam, etc) also got caught from illegal fishing from Philippine territories.

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  13. I want the fish that I eat to be from fishermen that follow practices like these. If they break rules what else are they doing to the fish

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    1. I agree. Rules are made to guide and to control the state of the waters. There is a purpose and we should obey and respect those laws.

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  14. I watched a documentary recently about fishing in most Asian countries and aquaculture and i am glad to see somewhere raising awareness on this issue

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    1. When I was a kid, I dreamed to have my own fish farm. So I asked my Mom to build me an aquarium at home for starters :D

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  15. Hate it when people do things so selfishly and irresponsibly... Thanks for bringing awareness to these laws and policies!

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    1. You're welcome Milton and thank you for reading my post. Laws are there to respect and obey. It is annoying that there are people who have no respect on nature.

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  16. This make me think of our vacation on the remotes island in Indonesia and they have incredible coral reef there. But unfortunally much of it are destroyed by the bomb fishing! And sometime while snorkeling around that area we could hear an explotion and sometimes we were snorkeling with dead beautiful fishes floating everywhere. I am glad tha PH is doing something against it and rise awareness about this issue!

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    1. OMG those are horrible! Coral reef are precious! That is sad.

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  17. I didn't know they had a fine for catching and selling corals. It should be higher. I like that they are raising awareness and protecting the sea.

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    1. Yeah I agree. Those creatures are precious and it will take many years (or who knows) when it will produce.

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  18. I was unaware of some of these points, thank you for raising awareness. This is an important issue. I agree that we need to care for all our natural resources.

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    1. We should take care of our nature both waters and land and air.

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  19. Really interesting story, I know when I traveled around South East Asia the last few years the illegal fishing from foreigners was a big issue impacting the local fishermen on some of the smaller islands. Hopefully the Philippine government has the resources to control the problem.Beautiful photos by the way.

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    1. Hello Michael,

      Yeah the Philippine government is trying their best to control and solve this issue. Also, our local people needs to be aware of its implications and act as a citizen. Without this nature, I don't know how can we survive.

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  20. Wow....this sounds serious. I had no idea that there was a such thing as illegal fishing.

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    1. Yeah there is Latoyia. Maybe are currently detained just because of illegal fishing.

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  21. It's important that we're responsible in our use of the planet in so many ways. Last year I had the pleasure of hearing Bill Nye the Science Guy speak, and he was so entertaining and engaging in his presentation, and undeniably compelling in his points. Thank you for spreading the awareness.

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    1. You're welcome Tanya and thank you for visiting.
      I will check his talks online, seems he is very interesting guy.

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  22. First of all, your post reads like a haiku in parts and it's absolutely beautiful. At the same time, you point out really important issues with illegal fishing and the more people talking about it the better!

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    1. Hahaha thank you! I always start writing using my memories in the past.

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  23. Wow this is an interesting article! Hubby loves fishing and hes huge on following the guidelines here in the states.

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    1. That's awesome! Fishing is also a fun hobby and a good livelihood. Just follow the laws and everything will be alright.

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  24. Agree, illegal fishing has to stop and should never be promoted. Really glad that many things are crating awareness and even some camps have been rolled out for aquaculture.

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  25. I totally wish that more people took this into consideration. It is so important and a very sad problem that occurs way to much. Thank you for sharing all of this and bringing this to light even more.

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    1. Thank you dear for visiting and for appreciating my post. Nature is so precious!

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