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BFAR 6 hosts Visayas Cluster Fisheries Code review

ILOILO CITY (PIA) -- The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) 6 recently led here the Visayas Leg of the regional consultations for the review and assessment of Republic Act (RA) 8550 as amended by RA 10654, otherwise known as the Philippine Fisheries Code.

The Act aims to deter and eliminate illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, specifying new management and conservation measures to conserve and manage living marine resources, fisheries, and aquaculture in the Philippines.

The activity was participated in by representatives from the aquaculture sector, municipal fishing sector, post-harvest and marketing sector, local government units, academe, private sector, development partners, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), and key representatives from other government agency partners such as the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) and the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA).

DA-BFAR Assistant Director for Administrative and Other Support Services Zaldy P. Perez discussed topics of governance and institutional arrangements and aquaculture, post-harvest, and support services.

The event also saw the active involvement of the members of the Fisheries Management Area (FMA) 11 Management Board chaired by DA-BFAR 6 regional director Remia A. Aparri; Scientific Advisory Group chaired by Prof. Encarnacion Emilia S. Yap; and Technical Working Group represented by Ruel Almoneda of the Province of Negros Occidental; and Joey Dela Cruz of the Province of Capiz.

It can be recalled that DA-BFAR previously conducted preliminary consultations in May and August of this year to gather valuable insights, 

comments, and proposals from various stakeholder groups.

The forum was held with the support of the BFAR- United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Fish Right Program, a partnership between the Philippines and the United States that is geared towards promoting sustainable and resilient fisheries in the country. (AAL/AGP/PIA 6 with reports from DA-BFAR 6 and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)

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