Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
Regional Office No. 12
General Santos City
BFAR 12 strengthens MCS system; apprehends 70 vessels
in 37 days
GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
in Region 12 (BFAR 12) continuously bolsters its’ Monitoring,
Control and Surveillance (MCS) system to guarantee the uninterrupted
checking and supervision of fishing activity in the region.
Glen Padro, Chief of the MCS Section of BFAR 12, said that the
regional office is bent on ensuring that fishery resources are
not exploited, unlawful fishing practices are controlled and management
arrangements are minimized and implemented based on President
Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino’s thrusts and programs on preservation
and management of fisheries and aquatic resources.
“Our fishery law enforcement officers are directed to enforce
all fishery laws, rules and regulations that’s why we can make
arrest even without any warrant to any person who has committed
or committing any of the offenses penalized under the provisions
of fishery laws,” Padro said.
In September, the MCS-BFAR 12 and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)
had apprehended 68 fishing vessels which were fishing in Celebes
Sea and found 52 have committed various fishery violations. Further,
in just a week of this month (October 01 to October 07), 34 fishing
vessels were inspected and 18 perpetrated violations.
Operators and fishermen aboard the apprehended fishing vessels
committed violations of Republic Act 8550 also known as ‘The Philippine
Fisheries Code of 1998, Fisheries Administrative Order 198 (Rules
and Regulations on Commercial Fishing) and Fisheries Administrative
Order 236 (Rules and Regulations on the Operations of Purse Seine
and Ring Net Vessels) particularly Unauthorized Fishing, Employment
of Unlicensed Fishworkers, Expired Commercial Fishing Vessel and
Gear License, and No Certificate of Clearance.
The MCS-BFAR 12 noticed that most fishing vessels apprehended
were handline and carrier vessels because they regularly return
to ports while ring net catcher vessels operate for several months
before returning to port and rely on carrier vessels for supplies
and other support.
Handline vessel is a fishing vessel where fishermen employ the
traditional hook-and-line method in catching large mature tuna.
Ringnet catcher vessel is a fishing vessel which carries the fishing
net and does the actual fishing while the Carrier vessel carries
the catch from the Catcher vessel to the port.
BFAR 12 Regional Director Sani D. Macabalang lauded the apprehending
fishery law enforcement officers for the effective and efficient
execution of laws and other guidelines which resulted to the successful
apprehension of 70 fishing vessels.
“We salute the men and women involved in the fishery law enforcement
teams (MCS-BFAR 12, PCG and Philippine National Police-Maritime)
of the region in their efforts to correct the practices of the
past in abusing our fishery and aquatic resources with sole obsession
of profit and selfless desire to have more without limits,” the
regional director said.
Macabalang concluded that the BFAR 12 incessantly adheres to
its mission and vision of conserving, protecting and sustaining
the management of fishery and aquatic resources in the country.