BFAR 12-FRPG and Philippine Navy Conducts SIMEX
BFAR 12-FRPG and Philippine Navy recently conducted cross re-integration training at SAFI shipyard, Tambler, G.S.C. and simulation exercise (SIMEX) on the BRP Emilio Liwanag (PC-118), Philippine Naval Vessel on June 23, 2020.
The objective of these activities is to improve coordination and operational capabilities between the BFAR and the Philippine Navy during joint maritime law enforcement operations.
The BFAR and the Philippine Navy regularly conducts joint maritime law enforcement (MARLEN) operations in the Sarangani and Celebes Seas. These joint operations target illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities in the Sarangani and Celebes Seas including along the maritime border between Philippines and Indonesia. The significance of these joint operations is that there are crimes that are closely linked with the fishing operation, even if not considered illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing, such as forged fishing licenses, tax crimes, money laundering, inappropriate working conditions, drug trafficking, human trafficking, arms trafficking, piracy etc.|
IUU fishing undermines national and regional efforts to conserve and manage fish stocks and, as a consequence, inhibits progress towards achieving the goals of long-term sustainability and responsibility.
The BFAR team was led by Andrew Abello and the Philippine Navy team by CDR Rowene G. Colita, PN.
Photo Credits: Bfar Frpg Dose