Tuesday, June 30, 2015


THE BUREAU of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the Provincial Government launches the Boat Registry System or BoatR in Ilocos Sur which aims to establish a simplified and standardized national registration of fisher folks, their fishing gears, and fishing vessels.

To support its aim, BFAR provides a tablet for each Local Government Unit to be use in registering all these information online. This scheme will help the LGUs to protect preferential rights of subsistence of fisher folks and promote coastal conservation. “We need to protect our seas in order for us to benefit from it and also to preserve our natural resources for the next generation.” says Gov. Ryan Singson. The BoatR serves as the basis in implementing National Programs on aquaculture. It also aims to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Under the Republic Act 8550 or Fisheries Code of the Philippines, unauthorized fishing and fishing through explosives, electricity or poisonous substance are penalized. Meanwhile, BFAR also hands over two patrol boats to the provincial government. “These will be used in monitoring together with the Philippine National Police to prevent illegal fishing” BFAR Regional Director Nestor Domenden claims. In addition, the BFAR held a competition among the LGUs nationwide using the Boat Registry System. The first 100 LGUs who complied with the registration requirements were given livelihood assistance. Among the most efficient and fastest municipalities to register their fisher folks are Quirino, Candon and Caoayan in Ilocos Sur where they received two million pesos each. # Mary-vick Addu. – Source, PIO-Ilocos Sur

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