Tri-partite conference on enhanced fishery law enforcement in Caramoan
by R Canabe
Caramoan, Camarines Sur (2 February) -- Officials of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Regional Office No. 5, Naval Forces - Southern Luzon (NAVFORSOL) and the Municipal Government of Caramoan convened last month to craft appropriate measures to address issues on the reported rampant illegal fishing activities in this town.
Mayor Constantino H. Cordial, Jr. said "this conference was carried out to resolve the problem on proliferation of illegal fishing activities such as blast fishing and coral destruction due to cyanide fishing and abalone collection within the municipal waters."
"In my intent of stopping these malpractices, I personally brought this matter up with Department of Defense Sec. Gilbert Teodoro during a meeting of the Mayors League of the Philippines in November 2008," he noted.
Meanwhile, Captain Jaime Bernardino of the NAVFORSOL, who represented Commodore Joel Babas, expressed their willingness to help stop illegal fishing in Caramoan municipal waters.
NAVFORSOL has committed to conduct patrolling along Maqueda Channel using their resources, with coordination from the municipal government and BFAR, particularly on surveillance against illegal fishers.
Bicol regional director Dennis del Socorro meanwhile said "BFAR will assist the local government by authorizing the municipal fish examiner to detect and apprehend illegally caught fishes and other marine resources."
"We will also assist in providing livelihood opportunities for the fisherfolks such as seaweed farming, aquaculture of freshwater fishes, and fish processing," he added.
Del Socorro elaborated that BFAR Bicol can provide trainings, information materials, planting materials and a seaweed nursery. He also advised the municipal government to make proposals to funding agencies in order to establish a mini-processing plant and rehabilitation of their ice plant to support their fishing industry. (BFAR V) [top]