BUTUAN CITY — The Municipality of Bayabas in Surigao del Sur has been declared the grand winner of the 2022 Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan (MMK) by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Assets (BFAR) throughout the culminating occasion of the sixtieth Fish Conservation Week on the Philippine Worldwide Conference Heart (PICC) in Pasay Metropolis on September 22.
BFAR’s MMK search is designed to acknowledge distinctive initiatives and contributions made by coastal municipalities and cities in direction of sustainable fisheries improvement.
“The winners are evaluated primarily based on 5 standards, that are: no unlawful fishing, observance of off-fishing season, declaration of marine protected areas, clear coastal waters with none rubbish or industrial effluence flowing to the ocean, and efficient mangrove safety and rehabilitation program,” stated Loida B. Arreglado, Chief of the BFAR-Caraga Fisheries Useful resource Administration Part and focal particular person for MMK within the area.
Arreglado recommended Bayabas for its complete stable waste administration practices, together with using eco-bricks, and its rigorous enforcement of closed fishing seasons.
“That is the third time they’ve participated. They joined in 2020 however misplaced to Del Carmen, in 2021 they misplaced to Cantilan, and in 2022 they emerged because the regional winner. Through the nationwide analysis, as per my very own remark, their implementation improved yearly,” Arreglado famous.
“Within the preliminary years once they first participated, they nonetheless had some lacking paperwork and hadn’t applied something but. However within the following years, they’d the required paperwork and began implementing their initiatives which is a large plus. If different municipalities will simply fill the lacking documentation, the wanted legislations, after which correct implementation, they are going to have the possibility of constructing it,” Aregglado additional stated.
Municipal agriculturist Geralyn B. Guibao defined that Bayabas has a 10-day shut season that aligns with lunar exercise.
“Through the first quarter, that is to permit the siganid species to spawn, because it is without doubt one of the main species not solely in Bayabas but additionally in your complete province of Surigao del Sur,” she stated.
Guibao additionally highlighted that fishermen within the space have various livelihoods, together with the Particular Space for Agricultural Growth (SAAD) bangus tradition challenge in Barangay La Paz Cagbaoto and the Fishcoral Undertaking, an aquasilviculture initiative in Barangay Magabawak.
As a reward, the coastal city of Bayabas will obtain P30 million price of livelihood tasks in fisheries. This victory marks the second time that the Caraga area and Surigao del Sur province have claimed the MMK title.
Cortes in Surigao del Sur was the inaugural recipient of this prestigious award in 2016 and was subsequently inducted into the MMK Corridor of Fame for its constant excellence as a coastal group.
Because the award’s inception in 2016, the Caraga area has constantly carried out nicely, sustaining a spot within the high 5 grand finalists of the MMK competitors yearly.