Thursday, 08 March 2012 12:58
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) head office in Manila announced the 100 million pesos budget for law enforcement to stop all forms of illegal fishing.
Fishing with the use of explosives has been banned not only in the 1970's as mentioned by BFAR national director in the national and local dailies but since time immemorial.
It will be recalled that in the 1960's until the devolution of functions of BFAR to local government units (LGUs) in the 1990's joint anti-illegal fishing campaign was closely coordinated with the defunct Philippine Constabulary and the INP where a seaborne patrol composed of the local BFAR and PC/INP personnel was organized in all provinces and cities to enforce the fishery laws.
But with the devolution of functions of BFAR to LGUs the lead role must be played by local officials in close coordination with the local PNP units and barangay officials.
BFAR alone cannot effectively enforce anti-illegal fishing laws.
by Rex Miravite
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