The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Friday said it allowed certain fishing activities at the Taal Lake from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. amid Taal Volcano's unrest.
"Hindi po pinahihintulutan ang pangingisda sa Taal Lake maliban sa binigyang permiso ang mga fish cage operators/caretakers para sa emergency harvest, feeding and taking out of the dead fish. Mayroon pong window hours mula 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Salamat po," the NDRRMC said in a message.
(Fishing is not allowed in Taal Lake but fish cage operators/caretakers were given permission for emergency harvest, feeding and taking out of dead fish. Window hours are from 8 am - 2 pm.)
The Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) prohibited the collecting of scraps at the Volcano Island, according to a Balitanghali report by Saleema Refran.
Fishermen appealed for longer window hours, saying the prohibition is affective their livelihood.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), however, told fishermen to follow the set window hours and not to attempt to head out to sea during the night or dawn due to low visibility.
The Taal Volcano still remains at Alert Level 3, with barangays under lockdown in the towns of Laurel and Agoncillo in Batangas.
In a separate Balitanghali report by James Agustin, fishermen were seen loading their boats with feeds as early as dawn following the announcement of window hours.
Fishermen who will fish beyond the allowed window hours will be warned at first offense. Fish cage operators' permits could be however revoked in the second offense. —KBK, GMA News