The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has strengthened efforts to stop illegal fishing in the country.
This as the Philippine Coast Guard, in a joint seaborne operation with BFAR, last month captured three fishing vessels engaged in illegal activities.
BFAR Director Eduardo Gongona said, “Our efforts to prevent and put a stop to illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing in the Philippine waters remain as one of our top priorities along with securing safe and affordable fish commodities for Filipinos and providing assistance to our fisherfolk especially during these challenging times.”
The operators and crew of the three fishing vessels were caught using trawl fishing gear inside municipal waters.
The bureau warned that illegal, unreported, and undocumented fishery is under eagle eyes’ watch as law enforcement teams continue to patrol and monitor not only Manila Bay but many of the country’s fishing grounds.