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Arroyo to ban fishing in Guimaras waters

September 15, 2006

By Gil C. Cabacungan Jr.
Inquirer

HAVANA, Cuba (Via PLDT) – The waters around Guimaras and nearby islands will be declared a no-fishing zone after President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo heeded the suggestion of British marine conservation group, Coral Cay Conservation.

Arroyo has likewise accepted an offer by the Duke of Gloucester, Prince Richard, for him to visit the Philippines in February to make an environmental assessment of Guimaras Island.

In a briefing for reporters, Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said the main recommendation of Coral Cay to Arroyo during their meeting in London was to declare a fishing ban in waters affected by the Guimaras oil spill.

“They will try to assist but their principal request was for the enforcement of strict fishing regulations to relieve the pressure on fish resources in the area. According to Coral Cay, the best way for the environment to recover is to let nature take its course by lessening fishing and regenerate the fish stock,” said Bunye, who noted that the government had initially considered restocking the waters with fingerlings.

“The President agreed because they obviously have quite a lot of experience. So the President deferred to their recommendation to let nature replenish itself,” said Bunye.

Coral Cay is a partner of the Philippine Reef & Rainforest project at Danjungan Island and has another marine conservation project in Taytay Bay in Palawan.

(For the full story, Fishing ban, Sept. 15, 2006.)

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