February 6, 2023

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BFAR mulls moratorium on crackdown vs imported frozen fish

THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Wednesday blinked as an official said that the agency is considering a moratorium on the crackdown on imported frozen fish amid criticisms from senators.

In a radio interview, BFAR Information and Fisherfolk Coordination Unit Chief Nazario Briguera said he informed BFAR officer-in-charge (OIC) Demosthenes Escoto on the developments in the Senate after Sen. Raffy Tulfo and Sen. Grace Poe questioned the the crackdown on the sale of pampano and salmon in wet markets starting on December 4.

“It can be discussed by the top management regarding the recommended moratorium. BFAR is open as I spoke with our BFAR OIC last night and gave a feedback on the privilege speech in the Senate,” Briguera said.

In a privilege speech on Tuesday, Tulfo said that the ban on the sale of pampano and salmon in the wet markets was anti-poor.

For her part, Poe said that BFAR should implement a moratorium on the crackdown, saying it is untimely amid the Christmas celebration.

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Briguera added that BFAR is also ready to explain to senators the legality of the campaign of BFAR, saying it is provided under Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) 195.

“We will abide by the directive of the Senate to explain our side and according to our head, we will comply as the soonest time possible or based on the time given to us by the Senate,” Briguera added.