PALAWAN – Fishermen in Palawan are preparing to go reef fishing for food, which will open on December 16.
During the open season, fishermen are allowed to catch groupers with sizes ranging from 32 to 47.5 centimeters.
The second closed season for reef fishing in Palawan started on October 16 and ends Thursday.
During this period, fishermen were not allowed to catch, transport, and sell live and fresh fish as stated in Administrative Order No. 5 implemented by Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD).
This policy helps authorities ensure sustainability of the fish population in Palawan, including the red coral grouper or suno, green grouper or loba, and brown marble grouper of laping baboy.
According to PCSD spokesperson Jovic Fabello, implementing seasonal control, such as the open and closed season for fishing, regulates the overexploitation of marine fish species.
Closed seasons prevent people from fishing at certain times of the year.
PCSD, however, admitted that they have been receiving negative reactions because of the implementation of closed and open seasons.
The PCSD will again implement a closed season from June 16 to August 31, 2017.