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PHILSHRIMP Inc. directors and officers during a meeting with the DA Secretary Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr. (4th from left, front row), Miguel Dominguez (Director-Mindanao), President GJ Sarrosa, Kristina Vergara (VP-Luzon), DA Sec. Francisco Laurel, Carina Ong (Director- Feedmillers’ Sector), Marfin Tan (PHILSHRIMP adviser), Roselyn Usero-Executive Secretary, Ailyn de la Cruz-Sargen Shrimps, Chris Co-VP Visayas, Marjun Palmones-CP Philippines, Richie Rich Tan (VP-Mindanao), Willian de la Cruz-Sargent Shrimps, Ryan Alegre (Director-Hatchery Sector), Alec Lustre (Director-Visayas) and Arvi Velasco (Director-Luzon) (L-R)*

DA Secretary Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr. recently convened with the directors and officers of the Philippine Shrimp Industry Inc. (PHILSHRIMP Inc.) to address the array of challenges confronting the shrimp sector, a press release from the organizers said.

The discussion primarily centered on the potential ramifications of recent shrimp importation, placing the industry at risk due to price volatility, disease transmission, and food safety issues, due to the absence of stringent regulations governing imported shrimp products.

PSA data failing to mirror the estimated volume of shrimp production was also a matter of concern.

PHILSHRIMP underscored its stance during the meeting, advocating for the elevation of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to the status of a department, from its current status of bureau.

The rationale behind this proposal stems from recognizing the Philippines’ status as an archipelagic nation, facing formidable challenges in managing fisheries due to resource constraints. Many countries have established dedicated Departments of Fisheries to effectively address fishery-related concerns.

This position was formalized through a resolution presented during the 14th Philippine Shrimp Congress held in Bacolod City last year, which was subsequently relayed to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR). The meeting, attended by GJ Sarrosa, president of PHILSHRIMP, along with directors and officers representing various sectors of the shrimp industry, underscored a cohesive and unified organizational front.

According to the press release, PHILSHRIMP, Inc., serving as the unifying force for diverse sectors within the shrimp industry, comprising producers, hatchery operators, feed millers, and exporters, reaffirms its steadfast commitment to spearheading initiatives aimed at advancing and safeguarding the industry’s prosperity. In a spirit of genuine partnership, PHILSHRIMP endeavors to collaborate closely with government entities to ensure the sustained growth and wellbeing of the shrimp industry.*

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