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Guimaras fishing ban endangers nation’s fish supply – group

September 16, 2006

•Production seen to drop by 240,000 metric tons

By Nonoy Espina
INQ7.net

A LEFTIST fisherfolk alliance warned Saturday that a fishing ban in waters around Guimaras and nearby Western Visayas provinces “might trigger a national fish crisis in the immediate future.”

Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo decided to declare the fishing ban on the suggestion of British marine conservation group Coral Cay.

The ban will cover waters affected by the Visayas oil spill and is intended to allow nature to “replenish itself.”

However, the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said in a statement that the fishing ban would cause a drop of 240,000 metric tons in the country’s annual commercial and municipal fisheries production.

“About one third or 33 percent of the gross fisheries production in municipal and commercial fisheries in Western Visayas come from (the) Guimaras Strait,” Pamalakaya said.

(For the full story, click Fish supply, Sept. 16, 2006.)

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