ILOILO – It’s open season again for fishing inthe Visayan Sea. The three-month fishing ban from November 2019to February 2020 was lifted on Sunday, Feb. 16. The three-month closed season in the VisayanSea is observed yearly to allow herrings, mackerels and sardines to spawn. Thegoal is to make fishing sustainable in the Visayan Sea, said Aparri. BFAR Region 6 observed no problems in itsenforcement of the fishing ban. Aparri said there were no violations. But BFAR-6 director Remia Aparri remindedfishermen to harvest fishes the legal way. The ban covered herrings, mackerels andsardines. Now fishermen could catch them again, according to the Bureau ofFisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 6. She cited the cooperation extended by localgovernment units in northern Iloilo, Negros Occidental and Capiz./PN Do not use dynamites, fine mesh nets or activefishing gears that destroy the seabed, said Aparri. The northern seaboard of Iloilo province iscovered by the yearly ban. The following towns face the Visayan Sea: BarotacNuevo, Anilao, Banate, Barotac Viejo, Ajuy, Concepcion, San Dionisio, Batad,Estancia, Balasan, and Carles. The three-month fishing ban from November 2019 to February 2020 was lifted on Sunday, Feb. 16. PN FILE Also included the ban are Roxas City, Pilar,Pontevedra, President Roxas, and Panay in Capiz province; and northern NegrosOccidental’s EB Magalona, Victorias City, Manapla, Sagay City, Cadiz City, andEscalante City. The Visayan Sea, one of the country’s largestfishing grounds, is surrounded by the islands of Panay to the west, Negros andCebu to the south, Masbate to the north, and Leyte to the east.
14-time tournament winner Phil Taylor takes on Vincent van der Voort, while current BDO world champion Stephen Bunting has Raymond van Barneveld.Title-holder Michael van Gerwen beat Robert Thornton 5-2 last night, while Gary Anderson got past Peter Wright 5-1.
Also in Morocco at the weekend, Taiwo Mati showed his class as the Ondo State-born athlete emerged winner in the boys cadet singles event at the just concluded ITTF World Junior Circuit held in Agadiro.It was double titles for Mati, as the Nigerian paired Hungary’s Balazs Lei to claim cadet boys’ doubles gold and finishing in top four in the junior boys’ singles.The 2019 Ghana Junior Circuit champion lived up to expectations in Morocco, having narrowly missed out from playing in the final of the junior boys singles with a 1-4 loss to eventual champion – France’s Vincent Picard 1-4 (7-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7). To emerge winner in the cadet doubles, Mati and his partner beat the combination of Saudia Arabia’s Khalid Alshareif and Remi Chambet-Weil of the Netherland (11-2, 11-8, 11-9).Also in the cadet boys’ singles final, Mati excelled by accounting for Slovakia’s Jakub Goldir, in four games (13-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8).Mati being the shining light of Africa in the competition, there was also success for the continent as Algeria’s Melissa Belache won the cadet girls’ singles event at the final hurdle she overcame Morocco’s Ines Outolla (9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 13-11, 11-6).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Usman Okanlawon and Sadiat Akeem made the country proud at the ITTF African Hopes Challenge held in Kinshasa, Congo DR as the teenagers secured their places at the ITTF World Hopes Challenge holding in Muscat, Oman.The Nigeria teenagers competed against players from Egypt, Tunisia, Rwanda, Uganda, Congo Brazzaville and host – Congo DR, with the top two players in the U12 & U-15 events berthing at the World Championship in Oman.Despite losing 2-3 to Egypt’s Yassine Yasser in the boys’ U-12 event, Okanlawon made the cut to the global tournament while Akeem who also competed in the girls’ U-12 defeated Egypt’s Hagar Ashraf Shahata to emerge champions and also secured her place in the Oman tournament.