BFAR Caraga joins consultation on regulation of catching lobsters

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 26 -- A consultative conference to discuss concerns on catching of puerulus lobster and its related governing laws and regulations was held on April 22, 2021, in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur.

For the past seven years, the municipal local government unit (MLGU) of San Agustin in Surigao del Sur has visibly observed the existence of puerulus lobster in its municipal waters, a commodity which demand and market pricing are quite attractive and profitable.

However, the method by which this specie is caught raised a concern for the LGU, despite the enacted Republic Act 10654 and its corresponding Fishery Administrative Order.

Dir. Nilo S. Katada, officer-in-charge of the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) in Caraga, together with the chief of the Fishery Inspection and Quarantine Service Hanawi B. Alauya and the Provincial Fisheries Office of Surigao del Sur personnel, attended the meeting and provided significant insights and clarifications for the regulation of catching puerulus lobsters. San Agustin Mayor Libertad O. Alameda and Municipal Agriculturist Genalyn Campos also attended the said consultation.

It was participated by the barangay and municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Management Councils (FARMCs) and the buyer-consolidators of the said commodity.

As an impression, the MFARMC members were pleased by the presence of director Katada who delivered his viewpoints on lobster industry. They were also satisfied by the outcome that they were able to understand and agree not only on lobster issues but even the use and zoning of municipal waters.

The consultation output shall form part of the Coastal Community Alliance Unified for Sustainable Ecosystem (CCAUSE) Lobster Ordinance, wherein the MLGU San Agustin is an alliance member. (DA-BFAR Caraga/PIA-Surigao del Norte)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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