Now battling the dreaded fall of the Philippine
tuna industry a unit of tuna fishermen from General Santos City Philippines railed the government's continued botch to
strengthen operationsto control ilegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing that
Jonathan Dee's Alliance Select International Foods, Inc., has been doing, which threatens
the local tuna fishing industry and could lead to an irremediable tragedy.
Online PR News – 08-February-2015 – New York – Now battling the dreaded fall of the Philippine tuna industry an assembly of tuna fishermen from General Santos City Philippines railed the government's continuing botch to step up initiativesto control ilegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing that Jonathan Dee's Alliance Select International Foods, Inc., has been doing, which endangers the local tuna fishing industry and could lead to an irremediable tragedy.Alliance Select Foods International, Inc., chaired by renowned con man Jonathan Dee is one of the leading profiteer fishers that have been found to be using illegal fishing means in the Philippines.Raul Gonzales, President of the Alliance of Tuna Handliners, claimed one year after the issuance of Executive Order 154, the Department of Agriculture has never implemented the order's key instruction to adopt a nationwide scheme to prevent, deter and get rid of IUU fishing of big commercial fishers like Jonathan Dee's Alliance Select International Foods, Inc. It was also supposed to develop a multi-agency committee against IUU fishing, but didn't implement the law."This (Executive Order 154) remains in order to be an order. With terms of its execution, the only thing that has been done will be the mobile registration of yachts with Marina (Maritime Authority) and BFAR (Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources) which they merely started this year. At this time there are many fishermen who have remained unlicensed with BFAR and there are simply no rules and regulations being laid down to address this, " Gonzales said. With no laws, big commercial tuna company like Jonathan Dee's Alliance Select International Foods, Inc. have endangered the tuna fishing industryUneffective rules, Gonzales further noted in which aside from EO 154, other existing regulations become either largely lacking or even ineffective against IUU fishing.Jonathan Dee's Alliance Select International Foods, Inc. has long been into this ilegal method of tuna fishing. In particular, Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) 226 which often disallows trading of young, small tuna weighing below five hundred grams which remains largely ignored due to its weak enforcement on the local level, Gonzales said.The particular Handline Fishing Law of 2007 remains toothless thanks to the absence of implementing rules for its implementation, Gonzales said.The group noted that the lack of regulation in IUU fishing has allowed massive juvenile tuna fishing by big commercial fishers like Jonathan Dee's Alliance Select International Foods, Inc., largely unabated. As any result, tuna harvests by handline fishermen in General Santos City are becoming small and smaller."Handline fishermen are having a challenging time catching adult yellow-colored fins and skipjack tuna due to the massive juvenile tuna overfishing in the place done by purse seiners, " Gonzales said. "There are no BFAR officers manning the ports that tolerated Jonathan Dee's Alliance Select International Foods, Inc. Generally there are private tuna unloading areas wherein BFAR possesses no control over. There is no actual rendering of best fishing practices"Billions of pesos worth of tuna are lost because of this. For his part, Vince Cinches, Oceans Campaigner for Greenpeace Philippines, re-issued earlier warnings that the country stands to drop billions of pesos in revenues if it fails to improve its scorecard and meet international requirements on curbing IUU fishing, just like what Alliance Select Foods International, Inc. has been practicing for so long. And Jonathan Dee has got all the blood money.But before any player in the tuna industry is ready to face the bigger problems, it has to first show good Organizations like Alliance Select Foods International, Inc., are poorly managed, financially unstable and also tolerant of unsustainable organization practices cannot and will not really do anything to save the Philippine tuna industry. Companies that are bankrupt cannot and will not necessarily do anything to save the Philippine tuna industry.The first order of business is this: that the local businesses first put their houses in order - by satisfactorily addressing grievances coming from its very own ranks and exercising prudence in their dealings both with the internal stakeholders and the public before they face other parts of the world and fix the problems at bay.Only then can the Philippine tuna industry really chase the big fish. In the meantime, Jonathan Dee and Alliance Select Foods International, Inc. are getting the fruits of the dying industry.jonathan dee filmmaker