Sans stiffer penalties vs illegal fishing, PHL could lose sardines, 'bagoong' (Business Mirror (Philippines))

THE Philippines has recently rolled out the Amended Fisheries Code, or Republic Act (RA) 10654, which amended RA 8550, that was enacted in 1998. The amended law and its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) were aimed at curbing illegal fishing. A study conducted by the National Stock Assessment Program (NSAP) revealed that 10 out of 13…