March 27, 2017 – To intensify the campaign Save Blue Swimming Crab movement in Negros Occidental, the Provincial Government, lead by Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr., recently released two IEC (Information, Education, Communications) materials, alongside a video commercial-documentary of the BSC industry in Negros.
Translated into the local language Hiligaynon, the materials aim to inform fishers, traders, mini plants, local governments, and consumers the importance of sustainability measures in safeguarding the multi-billion seafood industry that employs at least 50,000 people.
Negros Occidental, alone, produces over 3,000 metric tons of blue crabs annually. Despite this huge volume, crab population already experienced steady decline in the past several years, urging local fisheries managers to take measures in protecting the stocks that provide significant source of livelihood for many fishermen and processors in Negros Occidental.
The materials, which were eventually distributed to fishing villages during seed dispersal activities, highlight the Provincial Blue Crab Fishery Ordinance no. 19 series of 2013 that regulates collection of egg-bearing crabs or bukakahan as well as juveniles or crabs less than 9.65 cm. The province of Negros Occidental was the first to acknowledge protection of this resource. In 2014, a Joint DA-DILG Administrative Order on the Regulation for the Conservation of Blue Swimming Crabs was enacted, thus providing legal teeth on a national scale. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) as well as local government units (LGUs) carry the authority to enforcement such management measures.
Gov. Maranon urges fishermen to stop collection egg-bearing females and reiterates the need to return juvenile crabs to the sea to allow sexual maturity.
A single gravid crab holds up to 2 million eggs and when left to spawn in the sea could contribute as much as Php 187,500 additional income for crab fishers, the material stated.
August 2, 2017 – Save blue crab industry – Marañon https://thedailyguardian.net/negros/save-blue-crab-industry-maranon/