BFAR tells fishing boat operators to register watercraft PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 11:41

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has urged owners of fishing vessels and motorboats to register their watercrafts to avoid stiffer penalties.

Divina Ignacio, BFAR regional fishery regulatory officer, on Tuesday said the fine for operating unlicensed fishing vessel is P100,000 and above “depending on the size of the watercraft.”

Ignacio said the annual registration fee is P700 for a three gross tons fishing vessel.

Ignacio said they will conduct mobile registration in partnership with the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) and National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to encourage fishing vessel owners to register their watercraft.

“We want them to register their watercraft to legally fish,” Ignacio said, citing appropriate legal actions will be enforced against violators.

She said they will also conduct intensified campaign against the operation of unlicensed fishing vessel and motorboats to ensure compliance of Republic Act 10654 otherwise known as the amended Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998.

R.A. 10654 was enacted into a law on February 27, 2015 and took effect on March 23, 2015.

R.A 10654 increases the fines and adopts a wide array of accompanying administrative penalties for serious violation to ensure that sanctions are dissuasive and have deterrent effect.

It also empowers BFAR to enforce administrative and criminal sanctions against violators aside from the enforcement of regulatory measures. — RGAAG