BFAR reminds big fishers: Keep off municipal waters

THE regional office of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) reminded operators of the large-scale commercial fishing vessels against fishing within the municipal waters.

Large scale commercial fishing is prohibited to operate within the 15-kilometer municipal water boundaries of a certain coastal municipalities.

Based on BFAR Davao data, a total of two large scale commercial fishing administrative cases in violation of unauthorized fishing under section 86 of Republic Act (RA) 10654 or an act to prevent, deter and eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUUF) and Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 02 for this year.

BFAR Regional Director Fatma Idris also mentioned that the implementation of the R.A. 10654 and JAO 02 will be fully realized with the combined efforts of the agency and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Meanwhile, Lawyer Asis G. Perez, BFAR national director said in a recent National Media Conference on Republic Act 10654 slated last week in Manila that large-scale commercial fishing posted a higher risk to the marine resources. “Violations by large-scale commercial fishing vessels have bigger actual impact,” he said.
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