BY: MARITESS B. BENAS
Monday 19th of August 2013
BANGUED, Abra, Aug. 19 (PIA) — The Abra River and the Cagayan River are included in the proposed amendments of the provisions of the Fisheries Administrative Order of the Department of Agriculture in the protection and conservation of the ’ludong’, an indigenous fresh water fish.
The ‘ludong’ (scientific name cestraeus plicatilis) is the subject of the Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) No. 31 Series of 1952 for its protection and conservation in Northern Luzon.
The close season for the catching of ludong is on the months of October and November because this is the period when they lay eggs in the estuaries.
The people in the coastal areas are likewise directed to observe the close season for catching ‘ipon’, the larvae of fish believed to be that of ludong and other fresh water fish that lay their eggs in the estuaries.
Estuaries are downstream of the rivers where they meet with the salt waters (the sea or the ocean).
The rivers of Abra and Cagayan were not included in the said FAO but cognizant of the fact that the two rivers are habitats to the precious and endangered ludong, amendments to the provisions of FAO31 were pushed for a more comprehensive protection and conservation program of ludong.
In his report to the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Save the Abra River (STAR) composed of stakeholders from Regions 1 and the Cordilleras during the 8th consultative meeting held in Bangued last week, Dr. Honorio Yamoyam, focal person for the STAR Project, reported that the proposed amended FAO is already submitted to the concerned authorities for their signature.
Yamoyam said the proposed FAO will be signed by Atty. Asis G. Perez, Director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR); Undersecretary Salvador S. Salacup for Fisheries, Department of Agriculture; and Secretary Proceso J. Alcala of the DA.
Meanwhile, the billboards on the advocacy to save the ludong will be installed in strategic areas in Abra such as the Junction in Pidigan, the Bangued Central Market, Junction in Talogtog, Dolores, and in the Junction in Madalipay and Salnec in Bucay. (JDP/MTBB-PIA CAR, Abra)