Gov’t urged to increase its presence in Benham Rise
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Tuesday cited the need for the Philippine government to increase its presence and jurisdiction over Benham Rise, the country’s newest territory rich in marine biodiversity and mineral resources.
In order to tap the massive potential for abundant fishery production from Benham Rise, BFAR director Asis Perez said that the government should have an actual presence within the area so as to encourage small and medium-scale fisherfolk to explore the vast yet virtually undiscovered fishing ground.
“Without the government’s support, the small and medium-scale fishermen will be afraid to explore the area,” said Perez, adding that effective possession, control, and proper utilization of resources is necessary
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