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The BFAR ordered a halt to its campaign against import fish vendors.

The country’s wet markets cannot sell frozen fish imported from abroad until Friday, according to an order from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

The BFAR stated at a press conference that it took this action in response to calls from lawmakers to reconsider the regulation.

BFAR Officer-in-Charge Demosthenes Escoto announced that the [Department of Agriculture]-BFAR is proclaiming a moratorium in its operation at wet markets with regard to the presence of diverted pink salmon, pompano, and other imported fish products, effective immediately.

This indicates that the planned confiscation of diverted frozen fish set to begin on December 4 will be temporarily suspended while the rules are being examined.

According to Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) 195, frozen fish imports are permitted as long as the fish is delivered to institutional customers.

Since the authorized importation is intended for use by hotels, restaurants, and the canning industry, the BFAR already declared that the diversion of frozen fish is considered to be unlawful.

without discrimination

Senators from many parties requested the BFAR to reconsider FAO 195 because confiscation seemed premature.

Senator Grace Poe said the confiscation of the sets occurred at a bad time because the holiday season is approaching, to which the bureau quickly replied. Senator Raffy Tulfo, on the other hand, criticized the BFAR’s action against tiny fish vendors, calling it “anti-poor.”

Escoto stated that the bureau “remains committed to carrying out its mandate to maintain food security and food sufficiency for the benefit of Filipino consumers and fisheries stakeholders, especially given that the Christmas season is rapidly approaching.”

The BFAR’s initial action before the moratorium, according to the National Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (NFARMC), is not discriminatory.

“Contrary to some comments, no one is being discriminated against as a result of the order’s implementation. In reality, it shields the industry as a whole from competition from imported fish in wet markets, safeguarding one of the most vulnerable populations in the nation, the marginalized fishing community “It read.

Then, in order to protect the welfare of local fishermen, particularly during the closed fishing season, it asked the BFAR to keep up its strict action against unlicensed importers.

The NFARMC said further that “the focus should be on the scrupulous importers who break the rules and not the little fish dealers at the wet markets.”

The BFAR has already urged vendors to be vigilant in examining the permitted importer licenses in order to determine the legality and security of their supply.

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