Philippine fishermen to resume Pacific operations

Rules for Philippine fishermen who aim to resume operations in an area of the Pacific Ocean, now that a two-year ban on commercial fishing there has been partially lifted, should be out by next month, the head of a state regulator said in a forum yesterday.

“Hopefully, by the first week of June, the rules [for commercial tuna fishing] will be signed by the [Agriculture] Secretary [Proceso J. Alcala],” Asis G. Perez, director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), said during the Kapihan sa Diamond Hotel in Manila yesterday.??

Explaining that the regulations are still “in the process of drafting,” Mr. Perez said the rules will be out after the bureau holds on May 15 consultations with fishing businesses in General Santos City, which is dubbed the tuna capital of the country.

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