Save the prawns of Panguil Bay, solons urge
Rep. Imelda Quibranza Dimaporo (2nd District, Lanao del Norte) and her husband, Rep. Abdullah Dimaporo (1st District, Lanao del Norte), urged the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to preserve Panguil Bay, which is a major source of prawn in Mindanao.
The solons, through House Resolution 2473, said Panguil Bay is the source of livelihood of thousands of small-scale fisherfolks in Northwestern Mindanao.
Rep. Quibranza Dimaporo said a research paper published by the Mindanao State University – Naawan revealed the catches have been dwindling in the past 14 years due to illegal fishing, proliferation of gear varieties and export of these resources.
She said Panguil Bay used to be a rich source of gravid female prawns used in prawn hatcheries.
“But the destruction of the natural habitat of marine life, conversion of mangrove forests into fishponds, disposal of poisonous chemicals from fishponds and increase of human habitation along the Panguil Bay contribute to the decline of prawn harvested fish catch,” she said.
She said use of illegal and destructive fishing activities in Panguil Bay, such as the use of filter nets and dynamite fishing threaten and endanger the future population and the sustainability of fishing resources in the bay.
She also urged BFAR to study the effect of the proposed Panguil Bay Bridge to the resources of the Bay.