It is the policy of the State to raise the economic condition of the municipal and small-scale fishermen. To achieve this purpose, those fishermen shall be provided with a wider area in the Philippine waters within which to operate their fishing boats of three gross tons or less. Commercial fishing boats shall be allowed to operate only in the Philippine waters of seven or more fathoms deep subject to the conditions and the rules and regulations that may, from time to time, be promulgated by the
Presidential Decree amending the first paragraph of section 17 and section 35 of Presidential Decree No. 704.
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