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THE PHILIPPINE STAR lSr.

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Editor: JUANIYO ARCELLANA THURSDAY I FEBRUARY 7, 2O19

Speaker's shark preservation bill gets OK


Speaker Gloria Macapagal- on weak, sidg or old fishes, and benefits, sharks and rays have
Arroyo's bill that calls for the prevent overgrazing of cri tical also been proven to boost local
preservation of sharks in the marine habitats." she said.. economies through sustainable
country a4d provides for their The congresswoman frqm tourism activities, and through
regulation was approved on Pjmpangaiaid the measure .fisheries in many develoPing
third and final reading on aims to address the extinction countries," the former president
Monday. of marine wiidlife and achieve exolained.
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A total of 174 la'"vmakers a balance between human a matter of PoUry the
vot$d to approve House Bill needs and the integrity of the Department of Ag.riculture
8926 (Shark Conservation Philippine marine ecosystem. shdll have iurisdiition over the
Act) regulating the catching, HB 8926 hlso provides for regulation of the consumPtion
sale, purchase, possessiory the conservation of sharks, an-d preservation of sharks, raYs
transporthtion, importation and and related classes, as well as and chimaeras in all PhiliPPine
exportation of all sharks, rays the threats to their existence. waters.
and chimaeras in dre countrv. "The removal of sharks ftom Tlie lead agency that
"sharks a-re typica)ly depicted an ecosystem has the potential will take charge of its strict
as apex predators that have to create significant changes implementation will be the
significant top-down effects on to predator-prcy interactions, DA's Bureau of Fisheries and
food webs. They help keep prey affecting the whole system." Aouatic
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populations healthy by feeding "Aside from ecological - Delon Porcalla

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