BFAR stands up vs China, sets up surveillance station in Batanes
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources is standing up against China by setting up a monitoring, control, and surveillance station in Amianan Island in Batanes.
The BFAR sailed to the country’s northernmost tip and held ground breaking ceremonies for the new monitoring and surveillance station. The BFAR said the station will establish government presence in its northern waters and serve as a marker and watch center in the vicinity.
“We are intensifying government’s capacity to monitor fishing activities by putting up government structures in the island,” BFAR director Asis Perez said. “The idea is to guard immediate archipelagic waters 24/7.”
The BFAR unloaded materials for the construction of the station that will follow the traditional architecture of Ivatan houses. Two fiberglass rain collection facilities were also brought into the island to serve as the station’s fresh water source.
The long term plan is to man the station with fishery regulatory officers from BFAR to deter illicit fishing activities.