Depletion of our fishery resources, rampant IUUF (Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing) Activities, and the alarming rate of pollution in our oceans. These are some of the major problems that our blue waters and marine resources are currently facing. Problems that continually ravage and destroy our God given bounty threatening not only the marine biodiversity and the food security of our nation but also posing a foreboding shadow on the coming future generations of our country.
As a step away from this grim direction, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Office 8 kick-started the week-long celebration of the 56th Fish Conservation Week commencing on September 16, 2019 until September 20, 2019 at Tacloban City. The said event aimed to raise awareness amongst the general public on the alarming issues that affects our fisheries sector and how hand-in-hand we can help in the revitalization, conservation and protection of our diverse and abundant marine ecosystem.
Anchoring on the theme, “Itaguyod ang Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan Tungo sa Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita sa Industriya ng Pangisdaan” BFAR8 enjoined the youth to be part of the celebration as audience and participants in the activities encompassing the celebration namely the Poster Making and Spoken Word Poetry Competition.
Art as a medium of expression has been an effective tool in conveying and imparting the message that the Bureau wanted to reach these talented and creative young minds. As our national hero used to say, “Ang Kabataan ang Pag-asa ng Bayan” the Bureau wanted to especially involve them as they are the present and future of our country.
Judges and audience alike were impressed by the raw talent and brilliance of the literary piece of the 12 participants of the Spoken Poetry Competition coming from various Senior High Schools of the Region and was even further dazzled by their delivery of the piece.
Additionally, 11 High School students all throughout the region also proved that, indeed, a picture can paint a thousand words. As their brushes and pastels created a combination of colors and hue, what was a normal image on a canvass soon emerged into a powerful voice, speaking out their concerns regarding the state of our blue waters and their eagerness to help in the improvement and protection of our oceans.
The 56th Fish Conservation Week Celebration also has a lot in store for elementary students who will be participating in the Information, Education and Communication campaign of the Bureau regarding the primary fishery commodities and the fishery resource management measures that the Bureau is currently doing to effectively deter and stop rampant IUUF activities.
“It is high time to inculcate to young people the importance of fish conservation. According to studies, in the next 25 years, there will be nothing in the ocean if we will do nothing to preserve our natural resources,” BFAR Eastern Visayas Regional Director Juan Albaladejo also expressed his hope that not only will these children be good stewards of our rich marine biodiversity but they will also take matters at hand and create a future where our nation will flourish through the good management and development of the bountiful blessings that has been given to us.
FishAlaMoBa Fun Fact #1
Alam mo bang hindi lang mga ibon ang guwagawa ng mga pugad? Isa sa mga stratehiya upang makaakit ang lalaking tilapia ng babaeng tilapia ay ang paggawa ng pugad o nest sa ilalim ng tubig.
FishAlaMoBa Fun Fact #2
Ang bangus na may scientific name na Chanos chanos ay nabibilang sa mga organismong tinatawag na euryhaline o mga organismong kayang umangkop sa saltwater, freshwater, at sa brackishwater.
Oh ngayon #FishAlaMona!
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