The three-month closed season (June 1 to August 31) in the Davao Gulf has ended. Fishers may now resume catching small pelagics in the area.
September 7, 2020
Since 2014, the closed fishing season in the Davao Gulf has been implemented through the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) No. 2 of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Internal and Local Government (DILG).The said administrative order effectively prohibits any person, organization, or association to catch a variety of mackerel, round scad, and big eye scad species in the conservation area using ringnets, bagnets and the already-banned fine mesh net during the closed fishing season every year, allowing for the spawning and regeneration of small pelagic fishes in the Davao Gulf.
The continued success of the closed fishing season in the Davao Gulf has been reliant on the cooperation and compliance between fishery stakeholders and associations, as well as strong partnerships with the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR), local government units and other law enforcement agencies such as the Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime Group and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).
DA-BFAR is hopeful that sustainable fishing activities will continue in the Davao Gulf. Initiatives like the closed fishing season allow the seas ample time to rehabilitate and replenish its fishery resources, ensuring that future generations can enjoy its beauty and bounty in the years to come.