DISMANTLING OF FISH PENS IN DAGUPAN STALLED ANEW

DAGUPAN CITY -— The City Agriculture Office (CAO) together with the “Bantay Ilog” task force is yet to fully implement a city ordinance (no. 2048-2015), prohibiting the establishment of fish pens.

Emma Molina, city agriculture officer, said they are still drafting the Implementing Rules and Regulations based on the newly amended Dagupan Fisheries Resource Management ordinance.

This, she said, is in consideration of the resolution submitted to her office by the City Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (CFARMC) and of the existing fishery laws.

“When the IRR is done we will fully implement the dismantling of all fish pens in the city,” said Molina.

The amendment of Ordinance No. 551 (or Ordinance No. 2048-2015, prohibiting the establishment of fish pens and further amending Sections 36, 37, 38 and 56 of Ordinance No. 1768-2003 or the Dagupan City coastal Fisheries Resource Management Ordinance of Year 2003)
WAS PASSED INTO LAW NOVEMBER LAST YEAR.

SECTION 1 OF ORDINANCE NO. 551 APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL NOW STATES: “PROHIBITION OF FISH PENS. CONSTRUCTION OF FISH PENS IN AREAS OF PUBLIC DOMAIN IS PROHIBITED. THUS, SECTIONS 36, 37 AND 38 OF THE DAGUPAN FISHERIES RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ORDINANCE AS REGARDS DESIGNATED AREAS, DESIGN AND LAYOUT AND ISSUANCE OF PERMIT TO OPERATE FISH PENS ARE HEREBY AMENDED.”

HOWEVER, FISH TRAPS LIKE “POQUET”, “BATIKWAS”, “SKYLAB”, “SUREWIN”, “SKYBLUE” OR OTHER FISH CAPTURE STRUCTURES, INCLUDING FISH CAGES, OF NOT MORE THAN 300 SQ. METERS IN DESIGNATED AREAS ARE ALLOWED. ALSO ALLOWED BY THE AMENDED ORDINANCE ARE OYSTER BEDS AND THE TRADITIONAL OYSTER STAKES WHOSE OWNERS, INCLUDING THOSE OF FISH TRAPS AND FISH CAGES, MUST PAY THE REQUIRED FEES, RENTAL AND CHARGES TO THE CITY GOVERNMENT.

MEANWHILE, IN BARANGAY PUGARO WHERE SOME 180 FISH PENS WERE SITUATED, ONLY FEW WERE DISMANTLED YET, DESPITE THE DEADLINE FOR DISMANTLING ISSUED BY THE CAO THROUGH A MEMORANDUM ON DECEMBER 31 LAST YEAR.

“WE WILL DISMANTLE ALL FISH PENS ONCE THE IRR IS DONE”, SAID MOLINA. HILDA AUSTRIA/PNA / northboundasia.com