BFAR releases draft rules on commercial fishing
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has released the draft implementing rules and regulations on commercial fishing that will double the license fees annually for commercial vessels weighing over 100 tons beginning the second year of implementation.
The draft guidelines are contained in an unnumbered Fisheries Administrative Order that aims to implement Republic Act No. 8550 or the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 that aims to prevent and eliminate unreported and unregulated fishing.
Under the draft guidelines, the initial application for commercial fishing vessel license will cost P400 and the application for the commercial fishing gear will be P200, both payable to the BFAR and are non-transferable and non refundable.
The license fees for commercial fishing vehicles will range from P500 to P5,000 in the first year, depending on the tonnage, with the P5,000 fee required for those weighing 100 tons or more. On the second year, the fee for the 100-tonner vessels will be raised to P10,000. The fees will be raised further to P20,000 the following year and to P40,000 the year after.
On the sixth year and every year thereafter, the proposed annual license fees will be increased based on the annual inflation rate of the previous year. (Eileen A. Mencias)