In line with the celebration of the 60th Fish Conservation Week, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform launched an information caravan on Fisheries Regulations in the Wet Market of Jolo (CFLC), Province of Sulu.

Engr. Musrifa Mago, Chief of ICTS, led the activity together with MAFAR-Sulu Provincial Director Alfie U. Iribani, DPA, Chief of Fisheries Division Fardia Abduhassad, RFP, MSAq and OIC- Chief of FRLES Alisma Mabbul.

The caravan seeks educational initiatives to bring crucial knowledge to fishing communities, empowering them with up-to-date information on regulations, catch limits and conservation measures. Also, to empower the fisherfolks of Sulu.

Provincial Director Iribani welcomed the participants and said, “I am grateful that our local fisherfolk and fish vendors are gathered here today for our information caravan. This empowers local fishing communities with knowledge about ever-evolving regulations, ensuring that fishers know catch limits, seasonal restrictions, and conservation measures.”

“We all know that Sulu is rich in marine resources; with this caravan, we can secure the livelihoods of fisherfolks who depend on fishing for food or a source of revenue in addition to preventing overfishing and the depletion of fish populations.

Fisherfolk, fish vendors, Maritime, and Local Government Units participated in the event on Thursday, September 21, 2023.

Meanwhile, Chief Abduhassad said, “Information caravans play a crucial role in preventing overfishing, protecting vulnerable species, and preserving aquatic habitats by fostering a deeper understanding of ethical fishing methods and environmental stewardship.”

“This ultimately helps to improve the long-term health of our oceans and preserve this essential natural resource for future generations,” she added.

Chief Mago said, “We are thankful to all the fisherfolk who participated in our event. Your participation is a commitment to learning and understanding the importance of Fisheries regulations.”

She added that the MAFAR region chose the Sulu province because Sulu plays a significant role in the fisheries industry of BARMM. Also, Sulu generated most fish production that put BARMM as the number one fish-producing region in 2022 up to the 2nd quarter of 2023.