Expect prices of galunggong to go down.
This was the assurance of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) following the lifting last January 31 of the three-month closed fishing season on galunggong in northeastern Palawan which supplies 95 percent of galunggong catch that land in Navotas Port.
BFAR started implementing \closed fishing season in 2015 which continually yielded significant positive results in the production of galunggong in the area.
Under the Joint Administrative Order no. 1 Series of 2015, the closed fishing season is implemented from November to January every year to protect and replenish the population of galunggong during its peak spawning season in Palawan.
Citing the report of the National Stock Assessment Program of Mimaropa, the catch estimates of the species caught by purse seine has increased from 402.13 metric tons (MT) in 2016 to 653.66 MT in 2019, while those caught by ringnet bumped up from 170.97 MT to 285.32 MT during the same period.
According to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, as of January 28, galunggong is at a high of P300 per kg and a low of P180 per kg while prevailing at P260 per kg.
“This simply reinforces our firm decision to continue the implementation of the annual closed fishing season in the country’s major fishing grounds, which includes the galunggong-rich Palawan and integrate it in our holistic measures to fisheries management as part of the ‘One DA’ approach, which is anchored on the whole of government approach by President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration,” said Eduardo Gongona, BFAR national director.
Gongona said fisheries management and conservation measures such as closed fishing seasons are advocated by the Department of Agriculture to ensure the sustainability of the country’s fisheries resources.