The Philippines News Agency reports that five Iloilo fishermen have been fined for catching undersized crab. The fisherman were found in possession of crabs below the legal catch size of 10 cm by authorities. Following their arrest, the fisherman were ordered to pay P 10,000 in fines.
The enforcement of minimum catch size comes as a result of a Joint Administrative Order (JAO) regarding the conservation and regulation of Blue Swimming Crab in the Philippines. Effected on February 18th, 2014, the JAO introduces policies on minimum catch size, responsible fishing gear, closed crabbing seasons and the protection of berried female crabs. These measures are aimed at preserving Blue Swimming Crab stocks at sustainable levels.
In a press release announcing the Philippines JAO, Crab Council Chairman Brendan Sweeny commended the Pilipino government for their actions.
“The order’s fines and penalties give crab sustainability some teeth,” said Sweeny. “In order to cultivate a resource, the resource needs to be protected. By securing Blue Swimming Crab stocks, this law’s execution will validate and strengthen Crab Council work.”
The administration of fines regarding minimum catch size demonstrates that the JAO’s mandates are in place and being acted open. Read the full story here.