PANGLAO, Bohol – Participatory approach has been employed by the Sangguniang Bayan committee on environment, which conducted a public hearing yesterday on the proposed Municipal Fishery Code. Committee chairman councilor Joseph Jasper Arcay said in an interview that affectd sectors, such as the small-scale fishing operators are given the opportunity to participate and hear their fishery concerns.
The discussion also focused on provisions of the proposed Code that may have something to do with the R.A. 8559, also known as national fishery code of the Philippines. Councilor Arcay said that since the national law prevails over the local ordinance passed by the local government unit concerned, some provisions, such as penalty of violations, may be adjusted to suit to RA 8550. He said that some of the provisions that may be provided in the Fishery Code is color coding and registration of both small-scale and commercial fishing. He said this is important in identification on what kind of fishing is catching fish within the municipal territorial seawater.
Arcay said that commercial fishing’s intrusion into the prohibited seawater here has been experienced by this town. And this must be prevented based on the law. Reports said that this town is not spared from commercial fishing encroaching into the prohibited 15-km seawater based on the law. It was learned that further discussion or changes on the proposed fishery code are expected, a concern resident here said. (rvo)