NFARMC okays adjustment of fishing season in Zambo waters

THE National Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (NFARMC) unanimously approved through a resolution the adjustment in the implementation of the closed fishing season for sardines in the waters off Zamboanga peninsula.

Starting this year, the waters of East-Sulu Sea, Basilan Strait , and Sibuguey Bay will be closed to sardine fishing from November 15 to February 15, a measure simultaneous t0 the implementatiopm of closed fishing season for small pelagics including sardines in the Visayan sea.

The adjustments stems from a research conducted under the National Stock Assessment Program of the BFAR and the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) in Region 9 , which shows that the spawning period of matue sardines peaks during from December 1 to Mrch1 excluded  the month of November.