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IMFO profs share knowledge on use of nets to Miagao fishers

Professors Dr. Harold M. Monteclaro and Dr. Gerard F. Quinitio of the Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanology (IMFO), College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), UP Visayas shared their knowledge on the use of fine meshed nets as well as its operation and effects on fish catch and fisheries resources to fishers of the Municipality of Miagao at the newly-constructed Miagao Community Fish Landing Center on March 15, 2017.

Monteclaro and Quinitio were invited by Miagao Mayor Macario N. Napulan as resource persons during the latter’s conduct of seminar/orientation on the use of fine meshed nets to fishers and barangay captains/officials of the 22 coastal barangays of said municipality.

The results of a study by Monteclaro on the use of beach seine (sahid) in three different fishing sites in Miagao and San Joaquin were presented. His study showed that different fishing sites have different fish catch composition and that the kind of fishes caught in the morning differ also from those caught in the evening.
Quinitio, on the other hand, discussed the use of lift net (bentahan) and the composition and diversity of its fish catch.

A representative from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Mr. Matthew Doyola, talked about the disadvantages of using fine meshed nets in fishing to the fisheries resources.

Fine mesh nets refer to nets/webbings used in fishing with a mesh size of less than three (3) centimetres when stretched. The use of such in fishing is prevalent in Western Visayas. BFAR is regulating the use of these nets in Philippine waters and allows its use only for catching some species of fish like milkfish fry, prawn fry, marine aquarium/ornamental fishes, and other species which by nature are small but already mature such us dilis, alamang, and hipon, among others. Hence, the fisherfolk are allowed to use these gears in catching the aforementioned fishes during the open season from October to March in accordance with the 2008 Comprehensive Fishery Code of Miagao.

Monteclaro expressed the willingness of the University particularly the CFOS to provide technical advice and other related information in marine fisheries to Miagao and the affected fishers if needed.

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