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Tapos na ang fishing ban! Mayor Dalipe cites fishers’ role in sustaining Zamboanga City’s sardines

Zamboanga City Mayor John Dalipe has underscored the indispensable role the fisherfolk play in sustaining the city’s sardines industry.

He made the remarks during the recent 13th Open Fishing Season for Sardines at the Conference Room of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Regional Office 9 in the city.

The event marked the end of the three-month fishing ban on sardines, from Nov. 14, 2023 to Feb. 14, 2024, in the Zamboanga Peninsula, particularly in East Sulu Sea, Basilan Strait and Sibuguey Bay—the country’s largest sardine fishing grounds, according to BFAR.

“This occasion not only marks the celebration of our maritime but also underscores the invaluable contribution of our local fishery sector to the economy of Zamboanga City and the entire nation,” Dalipe said.

He said the sardines industry believed to be the “Silver of the Sea” holds a special place in the heart of Zamboanga City.

“Beyond its economic significance, the industry is a testament to the resilience and hard work of our fisherfolk [as they] navigate the vast seas to bring forth its fresh bounty. It provides livelihood to many families, strengthens our local economy and contributes significantly to the national food security agenda,” the mayor said.

In the face of challenges, Dalipe urged the fisherfolk to remain steadfast in their commitment to sustainable fishing practices, environmental stewardship and the well-being of the fishing communities.

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