Navy reservists vow to help in fight vs. illegal fishing in Western Visayas

Posted by watchmen
December 21, 2023
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Naval Reservist-Western Visayas commander, Colonel Hilario de Vera, Jr. delivers his message of support in eliminating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities. (BFAR-6 photo)
Naval Reservist-Western Visayas commander, Colonel Hilario de Vera, Jr. delivers his message of support in eliminating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities. (BFAR-6 photo)

More than 90 reservists of the Philippine Navy from several coastal towns in Iloilo have signified their commitment to eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities in the region.

The reservists signified their commitment before the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) during their orientation on Marine Ecology and Fishery Laws, Rules and Regulations held in Estancia town recently.

The Navy reservists will also support the efforts of the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (RIATF-IUUF) in ensuring the protection and conservation of marine resources as members of the task force.

“The gravity of the issue of IUU fishing demands a unified and determined response. A significant partnership is forged in this meeting to safeguard our seas and ensure the responsible and sustainable use of our marine resources,” said Colonel Hilario de Vera, Jr., Commander of the Naval Reservist-Western Visayas.

De Vera further cited that the Naval Reserve Center will join hands with the BFAR-6 in pooling expertise and resources to combat IUU fishing.

Likewise, BFAR-6 Fisheries Management Regulatory and Enforcement Division (FMRED) chief Erwin Ilaya emphasized the importance of everyone’s participation in the protection, conservation, and management of fisheries and aquatic resources to ensure food security, which is one of the priority agendas of the present administration.

Fishery Regulation Officer Glenn Nonifara, on the other hand, highlighted the effects of overfishing and the importance of enforcing fishery laws and regulations towards the sustainability of fishery production.

Linlyn Brito, member of the Fisheries Management Area (FMA) 11 Secretariat, introduced to the navy reservists the science behind FMAs, the advantage in managing fisheries at FMA level, roles of different stakeholders in FMAs, and the five-year (2022-2027) Management Framework Plan of Fisheries Management Area 11 which aims to address the four priority issues such as Declining Fish Catch, IUU Fishing, Compliance and Enforcement Capacity, and Livelihood.

The activity also featured the lecture on Fisheries Administrative Order No. 167-3 or the Visayan Sea Closed Season which started on November 15, and will last until February 15, 2024.

It has also emphasized the Bantay Visayan Sea campaign, urging the public to develop awareness and reporting of fisheries violators to the proper authorities. (PIA-6)

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