MAFAR participates in NSAP

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform- Fisheries Resource Management Division personnel attended the National Stock Assessment Program (NSAP) Data Processing and Analysis Workshop: Development of Harvest Control Rules from May 8-12.

The attendees were Dir. Macmod D. Mamalangkap, Ph.D. as Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) for BARMM, Norodin M. Kid, Senior Aquaculturist, Jonh Mark Millan, Aquaculturist II and Salim Sabawa, Program Assistant at General Santos City.

It was spearheaded by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource (BFAR) Region XII – Fisheries Management Areas (FMA-3) in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

The participants comprise the Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) of BFAR Region XII, BFAR Region IX, and BARMM and their NSAP Data Analyst.

This training workshop focus on the Development of the Harvest Control Rules (HCR) based on the performance indicator identified in FMA-3.

The team identified common types of Harvest Control Rules Methods such as catch limits, temporal limits, gear type restriction, bag or trip limits, and seasonal clousure to protect the life history stage; these types of HCR methods applied to the fish species to be appropriately managed as what the NSAP DATA analyst results. 

There are nine (9) pelagic species to be manage for the period of 5 to 10 years for the FMA-3, among the top 9 species are Katsuwonus pelamis (Skipjack/Langalak), Thunnus albacares  (Yellowfin tuna), Decapterus macarelus (Mackerel scad), Decapterus macrosoma (Round Scad/Galunggong), Auxis rochei (Bullet Mackerel), Selar crumephthalmus (Bigeye Scad/Matangbaka), Auxis thazard thazard (Frigate Tuna), Thunnus obesus (Bigeye Tuna) and Macaira mazara (Blue Marlin).

These top 9 species are to be analyzed by NSAP Data Analyst, and the result will be presented to the Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) for comments and review, and SAG Member will present the final result to the Management Board of FMA-3 for possible plans/action.