BFAR intensifies effort to fight illegal fishing
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said it is set to intensify efforts to fight illegal fishing, which will be backed by the recent approval of the Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) No. 246-1.
It was just early this month when Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) National Director Eduardo Gongona revised and strengthened provisions in the fisheries order.
The order particularly declared the mere possession of Danish Seine or Modified Danish Seine, locally-termed “hulbot-hulbot” or “buli-buli”, and/or any of its paraphernalia illegal and can be used as a prima facie evidence for violation.
A prima facie evidence denotes that a person may be presumed to be have committed an illegal act only by the mere fact of having a prohibited item as an evidence.
Provincial Administrator Raul Banias, who also heads the Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force (PBDTF), said in a PNA report that this is a good development since it has always been their dilemma to apprehend fishing boats docking in the ports in Northern Iloilo that were found to have some gears for illegal fishing like Danish Seine or Modified Danish Seine.