Danish seine fishing or hulbot-hulbot. (Photo: City Government of Alaminos)
Danish seine fishing blocked over conservation issues
Thursday, October 10, 2013, 05:10 (GMT + 9)
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is to impose a ban on Danish seine fishing, locally called hulbot-hulbot, off the Philippines coasts in an attempt to protect coral reefs and sea grass beds.
This fishing gear, also known as palisot, pasangko, bira-bira, hulahoop, is a fishing device which consistis of a conical shaped net with a pair of wings, the ends of which are connected to two ropes with buri, plastic strips or any similar material to serve as scaring/herding device with hauling ropes passing through a metallic ring permanently attached to a tom weight (linggote) when hauled into a fishing boat.
The Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) 246, series of 2013, imposing the ban both on modified Danish seine and Danish seine was signed on on 12 September by Proceso Alcala, Department of Agriculture Secretary, The Sun Star informed.
Section 2 of the Order states that: “it shall be unlawful for any person to operate municipal and commercial fishing boats using Danish seine and Modified Danish seine in catching fish in Philippine waters.”
The regulation will come into effect 15 days after its publication, on 30 September.
Breach of this order will mean an imprisonment ranging from two to ten years and a fine not less than PHP 100,000 (USD 2,300) to PHP 500,000 (USD 11,500) or both fine and imprisonment. The vessel and gear will also be confiscated.
Asis Perez, Bureau of Fisheries Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Director, added that the fishermen have a grace period of six months to change their fishing gear before any sanctions are imposed.
During a media conference, Perez commented that BFAR was also looking at introducing loan packages using its guarantee fund in banks for the procurement of new gear, reports Business World.
Earlier this year, Arthur Defensor Sr, Iloilo Governor, pledged for the total ban of hulbot-hulbot in an attempt to protect the country's natural marine resources.
By Gabriela Raffaele