Resolution needed to support request for tuna hike

THE BUREAU of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) XI has urged the City Fishery Aquatic Resources Management Council (CFARMC) to submit a resolution that would support its request for the increase in tuna supply in the local markets.

BFAR XI director Fatma Idris told the TIMES that the council has yet to provide the agency with the resolution possibly as a result of consulting the public market vendors on the request.

“(The resolution) is what I need as I prepare the request. I need a resolution or report on the series of consultations that would supplement their request for the increase,” said Idris.

She noted that BFAR will serve as the bridge that will recommend the request to the Department of Agriculture (DA). However, the request will still have to be presented as an agenda of the National Fishery Aquatic Resources Management Council (NFARMC) for approval.

Even when the NFARMC members met in General Santos City early this month, the request was not presented because of lack of documents. “The city government should conduct a series of consultations (and, aside from the report as a result of the consultations), it must also send to me the minutes, attendance, and other supporting documents,” she said, adding that this will strengthen the request.

She said the request has been endorsed to Agrarian Undersecretary Eduardo Gongona a month ago.

The city government has sought for 3.5 to 20 metric tons of additional tuna supply in the local market.

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