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Celebration: Philippines celebrates 50th Fish Conservation Week

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is marking the 50th Fish Conservation (FishCon) Week on October 14-18, 2013. The theme for FishCon Week’s golden year is “Pangisdaang Pinagyaman Ngayon, Henerasyong Sagana sa Panghabang  Panahon.”

FishCon Week, embodied in Proclamation No. 176 issued on October 21, 1963, highlights the importance of fish and aquatic products to Filipinos’ well-being and the country’s economy. The Philippines ranks 5th among top fish-producing countries globally with record production of 5.16 million metric tons of fish, crustaceans, mollusks, and aquatic plants providing both food and livelihood for Filipinos.

Programs for FishCon Week focus on the need to conserve fisheries and aquatic resources nationwide. An Agrilink Trade Fair will be held on October 10-12 at the World Trade Center showcasing an array of products and best practices. An Aqua Trade Fair “Fish is Life Festival” is set on October 15-17 at SM Megamall. The top three entries in the documentary-making contest “MuSEAka, SEAnama: Likhang Kabataan para sa Yamang Pangisdaan” will be screened. Other scheduled activities are mural painting, poster-making, jingle contest, giant clam planting, fisherfolk registration, fish cooking demonstration, tilapia fingerling dispersal, on-the-spot painting, coastal clean-up, mangrove reforestation, fishing gear distribution, seaweed dispersal, and lectures.

Blessed with a territorial water area of 2.2 million square kilometers, including the Exclusive Economic Zone, the Philippines abounds in coastal and marine habitats which are home to 4,951 species of marine plants and animals, of which 28% are economically important and 10% are flagship species.

We congratulate the Department of Agriculture headed by Secretary Proceso J. Alcala and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Director Atty. Asis G. Perez, in their joint efforts to ensure that marine and inland resources are protected and conserved for the next generations of Filipinos in our Republic of the Philippines. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!