THE 3rd National Sardines Industry Congress opened yesterday, Oct. 3, in Zamboanga City, dubbed as the Sardines Capital of the Philippines. The three-day event is focusing on the sustainable use of the fish resource, which is a major industry in the Zamboanga Peninsula Region. In a statement, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said there will be “science sessions as well as industry-focused sessions” to be participated in by representatives from the local and national government, the commercial sector, academe, and non-government organizations. “The key, after all, is getting the most out of this fish resource without compromising sustainability,” BFAR said. Last Sept. 26, a consultation among stakeholders was also held to discuss the proposed National Sardines Management Framework Plan for Mindanao Cluster. The annual event is co-organized by BFAR, Southern-Philippines (SOPHIL) Fishing Association Inc., Industrial Group of Zamboanga Inc., Philippine National Sardines Industry Foundation, and Philippines Sardine Industry Congress.