TAGBILARAN CITY – While petroleum prices are already down for several times last year, fish sold in wet markets in this city skyrocketed in just two days after the new year. Fish species like “Tamarong” and “Burot-burot” are priced at PhP200 per kilo at causeway fish market in this city. Milk fish (Bangus) at PhP160/kilo. These are the only available sea harvest after the new year. Earlier, “Tulingan” was expensive at similar price tag just days before the new year.
It is but a common practice for vendors to sell fish at high prices when storm or low pressure area (LPA) take place and during moon shine, according to a vendor who want to remain anonymous. He said that monopoly by big-time fishermen (names withheld) control the fish industry in Bohol. But he also admitted that prices largely depend on law of supply and demand.
And he admitted that Tagbilaran fish prices are higher than in Metro Manila and other places of the country. He also mentioned about the intrusion of commercial fishing in nearby seas.
More than a hundred fishermen in Mabini town have urged Mayor Esther Fostanes Tabigue to put a stop to commercial fishing’s violations and intrusion into the municipal waters that allegedly depleted their meager catch.
They said that these fishing vessels have violated the National Fisheries Act (RA 8550), particularly sections 90 and 93 of providing for “users municipal waters” and “illegal use of super lights,” respectively.
“Atoa nang hunongon ang illegal fishing likom alang sa kaayohan sa katawhan ug sa kaugmaon sa mga kabataan,” the letter concluded. (Let’s stop the illegal fishing called “likom” for future generations.) The fishermen affixed their signatures to their letter to the mayor.
Police here have raised serious concern over “the presence of commercial fishing vessels also contributed negative effects to our municipality” since they “abuse our marine resources” when they intruded in coastal areas of the town.