BFAR strengthens information drive to highlight amended Fisheries Code

November 19, 2015 11:29 am 

ILOILO CITY, Nov. 18 — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is now going massive in its information drive to inform stakeholders of the salient points of Republic Act 10654 that has amended Republic Act (RA) 8550.

BFAR 6 regional director Remia Aparri said that they have been given marching order from their central office to strengthen the conduct of information campaign following the approval of the implementing rules and regulations of RA 10654.

RA 10654 is also known as an Act to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, amending RA 8550 or the Philippines Fisheries Code of 1998.

Its salient points include the increase in penalties for any violation, implementation of vessel monitoring measures (VMM) in commercial fishing vessels that are 30 gross tons and above, deployment of fish observers and expansion of fisheries management even in international waters or high seas.

“We don’t limit to local fisheries management but international waters or high seas; we have commercial sectors fishing outside our national territory,” she explained.

“We want to give them protection; be guided when they fish in international waters,” she added. (PNA)

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