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BFAR-13 intensifies law enforcement versus illegal fishing in coastal waters

Geared towards sustainable fisheries management, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Caraga (BFAR-XIII) has intensified fishery protection and law enforcement against illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUUF) activities in the region’s coastal waters.

The bureau formed the Fisheries Protection and Law Enforcement Group (FPLEG) to serve as law enforcers in combating IUUF in the region.

The group has conducted regular seaborne patrols jointly with the Philippine National Police (PNP) –Maritime Group, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Navy, local PNP and local government units.

According to FPLEG’s semi-annual apprehension report, a total of seven cases had been filed from July to August 17, 2017 including five administrative and two criminal charges.

Among the reported violations were the use of push net (sud-sud), scaring device, ring net (likom), and drift gill net (pamo) along municipal waters. It also included the operation of commercial fishing vessel employing unregistered fisherfolk and the use of unlicensed gears.

In an interview last August 14, 2017, FPLEG member Johnrey Elifane said: “Our team has been eager to conduct patrol with the fresh leadership of FPLEG Officer Roselito D. Jamero.”

“We are maximizing our coverage as much as possible. Actually, we are also conducting seaborne patrol during weekends and holidays because basically, most illegal fishers operate during this period. In fact, two fishing vessels had been caught last August 5 and 11, 2017 for violation of Sections 86 and 95 of RA 10654 and Sections 86, 113 and 121 of RA 10654, respectively,” he added.

Through the initiative of its training divisions, the bureau had deputized fish wardens in the local government units. From March to July this year, 303 local fisherfolk had been deputized in six coastal municipalities.

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