“Visayan Sea is a multi-sea species;there are other species that can be caught in the Visayan Sea,” she said. Fisheries Administrative Order 167-3(2013) prohibits the catching, selling and marketing of sardines, herring andmackerel species. ILOILO City – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) inWestern Visayas has reiterated its call for the public to support the closedseason implemented in the Visayan Sea. Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 6 Director Remia Aparri points to areas that are covered by the closed season. Aparri enjoined the public for their support to the campaign that would last until Feb. 15, 2020. PNA Only last month, the BFAR also gatheredgovernors and local chief executives of municipalities and provinces covered bythe Visayan Sea for the operationalization of the Fisheries Management Area inthe Visayan Sea. But she said that there must be a continuousintervention to sustain the effort, saying the closed season is critical to thepopulation of the three species. As the closed season is entering itssecond month, Aparri assured that the region does not experience any shortageof fish stocks because Western Visayas “is also rich in aquaculture productsthat come from fishponds”. According to Aparri, the public is awareof the three-month closed season starting Nov. 15 every year. “We need to keep watch of the VisayanSea because at the end of the day when there are plenty of fishes, it is ourfisherfolk who could benefit,” BFAR Region 6 director Remia Aparri said. “Right now, we are embarking on a softapproach, touching the hearts of the fisherfolk through a jingle, calling onthem to let the Visayan Sea take a rest starting Nov. 16, 2019 to Feb. 15,2020,” she added. The areas covered by the closed seasoninclude Barotac Nuevo, Anilao, Banate, Barotac Viejo, Ajuy, Concepcion, SanDionisio, Batad, Estancia, Balasan, and Carles in Northern Iloilo; Roxas City,Pilar, Pontevedra, President Roxas, and Panay in Capiz; and Northern Negroscovering EB Magalona, Victorias City, Manapla, Sagay City, Cadiz City, andEscalante City. FMA 11, which was created throughAdministrative Order 263, provides for the reference point and harvest controlmeasures or actions for sardines and blue swimming crabs and commodities. (With a report from PNA/PN) Aparri admitted that there remain somefishermen, who continue to disregard the law, but said the current publicawareness is different as compared with the previous years.