The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) and the Maritime League held the 172nd Maritime Forum Tuesday, April 26, at the BFAR Central Office.

DA-BFAR National Director Eduardo B. Gongona shared the Fisheries Action Plan to improve fish production in the country and empower municipal fisherfolk. The action plan included capacitating municipal fishing by providing 62-footer boats and improving the efficiency of small-scale fishers by providing more efficient 3 gross tonnage boats.

Meanwhile, BFAR Assistant Director for Administrative Services Atty. Demosthenes R. Escoto discussed the Integrated Marine Environment Monitoring System (IMEMS). The IMEMS is an innovative, optimized, and integrated monitoring system that expands and improves the government’s monitoring, control, and surveillance of the Philippine-flagged vessels.

Members of the Maritime League, headed by vice admiral Eduardo Ma R. Santos, AFP (Ret.), visited the IMEMS facility after the forum.