2 big patrol boats from BFAR arrive in Ilocos Norte

October 30, 2015 11:06 am 

LAOAG CITY, Oct. 29 -— At least two big patrol boats with locally-trained crews are now in the province of Ilocos Norte to protect marine resources threatened by illegal fishing.

On Wednesday, Arthur Valente, Fishery Regulatory Coordinator of the Provincial Agriculture Office, reported the much awaited arrival of the patrol boats at the Currimao seaport.

Composed of a composite team represented by members of the Philippine Coastguard, Philippine Maritime Group, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the Provincial Agriculture Office, the newly-acquired patrol boats from BFAR are expected to shoo away poachers and illegal fishers in the coastal waters of Ilocos Norte.

Earlier, the team underwent training on operation and maintenance of these patrol boats now under the watch of the provincial government.

Aside from conducting regular coastal patrol activities, the boats assigned in the first and second district of the province may also be used during search and rescue operations during typhoon.

Early this morning, crew members on board these patrol boats started to visit mariculture projects in Puro, Badoc Island.

With the presence of these patrol boats, Valente hopes protection of marine resources will be strengthened and the on-going problems on illegal fishing be significantly decreased. (PNA)

LAP/LGA

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