Fishermen denounce ‘repressive’ fishing law – Manila Bulletin
Members of the fishing group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) denounced the “repressive” fishing law, during a protest rally in front of the office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Quezon City on Friday, November 19.
“Do you remember the fishermen who shared the community pantries on the excess catches? They are currently here at BFAR protesting against the repressive fishing law, ”PAMALAKAYA said on its official Facebook page.
While implementing a stricter community quarantine to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), PAMALAKAYA said the group donated surplus freshly caught fish to help those in need .
The group pointed out that the “repressive” fishing law broadly qualifies traditional sweeping methods of fishermen as “illegal”, subjecting them to heavy lines and penalties.
“The Fishermen’s Code imposes unfair fishing restrictions on small-scale fishermen, including registering boats with fees and establishing standard fishing gear,” he said.
The group also reported that fishermen who are unable to comply face heavy P2 500 fines as well as confiscation of catch and fishing gear.
Republic Law 10654 or the Fisheries Code of the Philippines, enacted in 1988, aims to discourage and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the country. (Charie Mae F. Abarca)
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