SURIGAO CITY- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Offices 8 and 13, being the regions comprising the Fisheries Management Area (FMA) 8, are currently holding an orientation and levelling-off of understanding the "Fisheries Administrative Order 263 or the Establishment of FMAs for the Conservation and Management of Fisheries Philippine Water" in Surigao City.
Regional Directors of both BFAR regional offices together with their respective Provincial Fishery Offices, Division chiefs and section heads involved on the implementation of the said FAO are now working as one on creating an effective plan necessary for the creation of FMA 8 Management Body (MB) and Scientific Advisory Group (SAG).
The MB will be formulating the internal operational rules and regulations for the FMA while the SAG will be providing technical advice to the MB based on best available data for an appropriate and operative FMA plan.
“Let’s accomplish everything and make FMA 8 as a good example”, were the words of encouragement said by BFAR 8 Regional Director Dr. Juan Albaladejo earlier.
He also urged the body to make competent measures to protect our small pelagic, demersal and invertebrate species and further improve lobster production in both regions.
BFAR 13 Regional Director Visa Tan-Dimerin also highlighted the importance of coming up with an FMA profile to determine the resources and characteristics of the fisheries area.
Further, an overview of FAO 263 was carried out by Ms. Lainie Baraocor of BFAR Central Office Planning Division to the group for a deeper and better understanding of the said FAO.
Both regional offices agreed to have a simultaneous FMA Orientation on the second week of July. During the said orientation, representatives from the Local Government Units (LGU), National Government Agencies (NGA), commercial fishing sector, traders/marketers/processors, and Indigenous People (IPs) will be determined. Withal, the organizational meeting of FMA 8 MB is scheduled to be undertaken on the second week of August this year.
The formation of FMA 8 is deemed to be an avenue of cooperation on implementing the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) both in Eastern Visayas and CARAGA. It will also serve as a model management framework not only for BFAR but for the LGUs as well.