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National Sardine Management Framework Plan Underway

by Christin VanZant last modified Aug 30, 2017 01:03 AM
Contributors: Oceana.org
Manila – Sardines. Billions of them are caught, canned and consumed yearly. Here’s what you need to know to save these silver slivers of tastiness. Vast shoals of bullet-shaped sardines shoot through the world’s seas, frequenting its sunlit upper layers to gorge on wafting clouds of plankton. In turn, they are eaten by larger marine predators like sharks, dolphins and tuna. Sardines form the building blocks of the oceanic food chain.

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The Philippines is blessed with superb marine biodiversity, with five major sardine species fueling a thriving industry. Canned, dried and sold fresh and dripping in seaside markets, they are among the most affordable protein sources for Filipinos. A can of sardinas sells for around PHP17 – well within the range of most Pinoy wallets.

“Given the significance of this humble fish to our people, we must ensure science-based fisheries management or risk losing this valuable resource,” says Oceana Philippines Vice-President Atty. Gloria Estenzo-Ramos.

 

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