Ordinance No. 2009 - 04
SECTION I. TITLE – This ordinance shall be known as “COMPREHENSIVE FISHERIES CODE OF THE CITY OF ALAMINOS 2009”
DECLARATION OF POLICY AND DEFINITION
SECTION 2. DECLARATION OF POLICY – It is hereby declared the policy of the City to:
a) Promote conservation and ensure sustainable and equitable utilization of its coastal areas and resources in conformity with the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998.
b) To ensure the full and effective implementation of the Fisheries Code, with the end in view of realizing the policy objectives thereof within the jurisdiction of the City.
c) To promote the proper management, conservation, protection, and utilization of fisheries and aquatic resources within the city waters, as the means for encouraging the sustained social and economic development of the City.
d) Ensure, for the benefits and enjoyment of the people of Alaminos City the judicious and wise utilization, protection, conservation and management on a sustainable basis of its coastal and fishery resources with the necessity of maintaining a sound ecological balance, protecting and enhancing the quality of the environment.
e) Protect the rights of the marginal fishers in the preferential use of coastal resources.
f) Allow people’s full and active participation in the conservation and management of the coastal resources and shall promote awareness of sustainable fisheries through appropriate education and training.
g) To provide consistent and substantial support to the fishery sector within the City, primarily the marginal fisherfolk who rely on the coastal resources for their livelihood;
h) To manage the fisheries and aquatic resources in a manner consistent with integrated coastal resource management;
i) To promote social equity, reduce poverty, and ensure food security in the coastal areas of the City;
j) To enhance the role of the City as a guardian of the coastal resources on behalf of present and future generations.
THE CITY GOVERNMENT SHALL ENSURE THE ATTAINMENT OF THE FOLLOWING OBJECTIVES OF THE FISHERY SECTOR:
1. Conservation, protection, development and sustained management of the City coastal resources;
2. Poverty reduction through the provision of supplemental eco-friendly livelihood among city fisherfolk;
3. Improvement of productivity of aquaculture within ecological limits;
4. Optimal utilization of coastal resources through social equity; and
5. Upgrading of technology on production and post-harvest.
SECTION 3. APPLICATION (SCOPE) OF ITS PROVISIONS:
a. All City waters including other bodies of waters over which the City Government of Alaminos has jurisdiction,
b. All aquatic and fishery resources whether inland or coastal areas, including foreshore areas but not limited to fishponds, fishpens/cages;
c. All lands devoted to aquaculture, fisheries business or activities relating to the use, development, conservation, and management of the city waters and its coastal and fisheries resources;
d. All people, entities or corporations that use and/or intend to use the coastal, marine, fisheries and aquatic resources of the City of Alaminos.
SECTION 4. ROLES AND COORDINATION – The City Government in conjunction with the Barangay Units, the B/CFARMCs, the CAFC, the Bantay Dagat, and other duly accredited NGOs, shall be responsible for the management, conservation, development, protection, utilization, and disposition of all the coastal and marine resources as well as for the regulation and supervision of the production, capture and gathering of fish and fishery or aquatic products within its City waters. It shall likewise enforce all fishery laws, rules, and regulation within the afore stated scope hereof, including the utilization, development and protection of its foreshore areas and shores, conservation of mangroves as well as allied fishery laws, ordinance and rules duly enacted to regulate such activities in such area as may be forming part of the whole expanse and resources of the city water.
SECTION 5. INTER-GOVERNMENT RELATIONS – The local government shall likewise enlist and promote coordination among all NGAs and other adjoining LGUs, in the enforcement of all laws relating to the coastal management of the City waters and to the environmental protection of the foreshore areas and marine resources to the development of tourism along the shorelines and coastal areas of the City particularly the determination of the extent of its territorial jurisdiction over the marine waters, the registration and grant of licenses to motorized and non-motorized fishing boat as well as service boat, and the identification thereof thru alpha-numeric coding based on the use of such watercraft, as well as other communal activities and enterprise of fishing and fisheries.
SECTION 6. DEFINITION OF TERMS - For purposes of this Ordinance, the following terms and phrases are and shall be understood as hereunder defined, except if when the same are by context, specifically used to mean otherwise.
1. ANCILLARY INDUSTRIES – firm or companies related to the manufacture, supply, construction and maintenance of fishing vessels , gears, nets and other fishing paraphernalia , fishery shops and other facilities such as hatcheries, nurseries, feed plants, refrigeration, processing plants and other pre-harvest and post–harvest facilities.
2. APPROPRIATE FISHING TECHNOLOGY – adaptable technology, both in fishing and ancillary industries that are ecologically sound, locally source-based and labor intensive.
3. AQUACULTURE – fishery operations involving all forms of raising and culturing fish and other fishery species in fresh, brackish and marine water areas.