During the May 16-22, 2020 land-based and seaborne patrol operations, the FPRG had inspected fifteen (15) fishing vessels and fourteen (14) fish scalers at the port of PFDA Complex, Tambler, General Santos City; and inspected and boarded six (6) fishing vessels during their regular seaborne patrol in Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape and Celebes Sea areas. All inspected vessels in port and market scalers were found to be compliant to the existing laws and regulations, while the team reported one (1) fishing vessel that was non-compliant during the conduct of seaborne patrol.
The non-compliant fishing vessel, F/Bca NEIL ROSE-1 (Tuna Handline, owned by Mr. Delo Santos D. Franco), was inspected and boarded on 19 May at 0701HRS. F/Bca NEIL ROSE-1 was found to be in violation of Sec. 86 of RA 8550 as amended by RA 10654 (Unauthorized Fishing): Capturing, Gathering, or causing to capture or gather fish, fry or fingerlings of any fishery species or fishery products without license or permit from the Department or LGU; further, the team found this vessel was in violation to Sec. 128 of R.A. 8550 as amended by R.A. 10654 in relation to sec. 43 of FAO 198-1, other violations: Certificate of clearance, No fishing boat shall depart from its homeport or any port of departure to the fishing ground without first securing the prescribed Certificate of Clearance either from the Regional Office or Provincial Office. The operator of F/Bca NEIL ROSE-1 was issued a Notice of Violation.
The patrol team leader explained and further clarified to the vessel operator and crew the violations cited. Also, as part of an Information Education and Communication (IEC) Campaign, the BFAR 12 FRPG team informed them of the laws and regulations applicable to commercial fishing vessels and operators.
BFAR 12, through FRPG team, encourages everyone to not proceed with any fishing activity unless all required licenses and permits are already complied with and that these documents are on-board.
Law enforcement visibility in areas of responsibility is one way in intensifying enforcement of fishery laws and regulations. Further, this regular implementation drives out any person or entities that engages on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing activities.
Despite this on-going Corona Virus Pandemic, the BFAR 12 FRPG team continuously conducts land-based monitoring and seaborne patrolling in Sarangani Bay and Celebes Sea area.
For more inquiries please contact FRPG through these hotline numbers: 09099290976 and 09168730823 or message FRPG on the official social media account Bfar Frpg Dose.
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