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Itigil ang overfishing! Villar warns oceans to become ‘virtual desert’ by 2050

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Senator Cynthia Villar wants to review the National Tuna Management Plan amid the warning by experts that the seas would become “virtual deserts” by 2050 due to overfishing.

“We would like to avoid the dreaded scenario of our oceans turning into virtual deserts by 2050,” she said.

“Sustainability is the key word,” said Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food.

She also mentioned about the 2010 Census of Marine Life which says that 90 percent of the large fish are already depleted due to overfishing.

“Of course, the ultimate objective of any plan for the industry is to promote the effective conservation, management and equitable use of tuna resources in the Philippines for its sustainable development,” she said.

“Sustainability is one of the most important considerations in all our efforts and actions for the further growth, development and future of the tuna industry,” she added.