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May body number na rin! Iloilo to implement color-coding of fishing vessels

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The Iloilo provincial government has approved the color-coding and numbering of fishing vessels, especially those in the province’s 19 coastal towns.

Sponsored by Board Member Valentin Serag, the ordinance was approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial board).

Serag said the color-coding and numbering on the vessel will help law enforcers identify poachers and ensure the security of local fishermen (https://thedailyguardian.net/local-news/provl-board-okays-color-coding-numbering-of-fishing-vessels/).

Fishing boat owners who do not comply will not be given permits from the coastal municipalities.

Provincial authorities are going after poachers involving foreign fishing vessels.

Under the ordinance, fishery and aquatic resources within the territorial jurisdiction of the province is only for the exclusive use and enjoyment of Ilonggos.

San Joaquin town will be assigned with neon green; Miagao with red; Guimbal with yellow gold; Tigbauan with orange; and Oton with neon yellow.

Leganes will be assigned dark blue while Zarraga will be assigned with orange.

Dumangas will have bright green; Barotac Nuevo with aqua blue; Anilao with gold; and Banate with brown.

Barotac Viejo will have yellow; Ajuy with green; Conception with light blue; San Dionisio with red; Batad with neon violet; Estancia with dark blue; Balasan with yellow green; and Carles with orange.

The ordinance will take effect once it is signed by Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor.