We are currently in the peak fishing season where the weather is conducive for fishing and the seas are generally calm. Because of this, we encourage our fisherfolk to take advantage of the present weather and sea conditions and continue with their fishing activities, taking into consideration existing laws and regulations against illegal and unsustainable fishing. We also enjoin them to observe sea safety, health and quarantine protocols set by the authorities whenever they are engaged in fishing activities.

Open fishing season is currently maintained in the country’s fishing grounds with the lifting of the closed fishing season in the Zamboanga Peninsula in March. Fishing activities may continue despite the community quarantine enforced in different areas in the Philippines.

Based on Memorandum Circular No. 9, series of 2020 issued by the Department of Agriculture, fishing activities are allowed to continue to ensure sufficient food supply across the country amid the community quarantine.