Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Activities at FARMC national level

by Thelma c. Bicarme and Max Prudencio

The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (FARMC) in region 2 recently elected its new representative to the planning, consultation and related activities at the FARMC national level.

The newly-elected representative, Alexander Agra, the current chairman of the Municipal of Claveria, together with his alternate, Eminio Albindo of MFARMC Sta. Ana, shall represent the fisherfolk of region 2 at the national level.

As Regional FARMC Chair, Agra said his priority would be to initiate the mandatory registration of all municipal fisherfolk and work for their accreditation at the department of labor, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and other relevant government agencies.

Likewise, Agra said that he will also recommend for the conduct of continuous enhancement training for current MFARMCs and the training for Deputy Fish Wardens.

The creation of FARMC is mandated at the national level and in municipalities abutting municipal water, and it intends to institutionalize the major role of the fisherfolk and other resource users in the planning and formulation of policies and programs for the management, conservation, protection and sustainable development of fisheries and aquatic resources.

Meanwhile, Senior Aquaculturist Venchito Villarao, BFAR 2 focal person for the Integrated Coastal Resources Management Project, disclosed plans to reactivate the Babuyan Channel Integrated FARMC early next year as measure to have a unified approach towards the management of the Babuyan Channel and expedite the resolution of issues affecting the area.

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