MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has sent six units of its vessels to patrol Visayan Sea on Wednesday, a day before the implementation of the three-month fishing ban.
BFAR Director Asis Perez said six ships would be stationed in strategic areas in the Visayan Sea to ensure no one will violate the fishing ban.
Perez said the sardines and mackerel fishing ban will be implemented until February next year.
He said the three-month closed season will provide these fish species time to spawn.
BFAR is expecting an increase of about 10 to 15 percent in the production of sardines and mackerel by February.
Personnel from the Philippine Coast Guard, Fisheries Law Enforcement Section, Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and other law enforcement agencies will man the patrol vessels. -- Report from Dennis Datu, dzMM