BFAR offers use
of research vessel
BACOLOD City – Asis G. Perez, newly appointed director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, offered the use of the research vessel MV DA-BFAR of the bureau to Negros Occidental.
The MV DA-BFAR is equipped to determine the characterization of the larval settlements or planktonic population in the water column in the waters of the province.
This research undertaking will feed scientific data to the various programs of the province on sustainable coastal resources management.
Perez met with Governor Alfredo G. Marañon Jr. to discuss the urgency of reducing, if not totally eliminating, destructive fishing practices in the country, going after one target area at a time.
On the third day of assumption of office in June, Perez personally led an enforcement operation against coral smugglers in Zamboanga resulting in the seizure and recovery of 13,000 pieces of black sea corals weighing around a total of 40 tons.
The bureau also recently initiated the dismantling of around 500 fish cages in Taal Lake, which unregulated fish cages have led to the loss of oxygen supply which caused the massive fish kill.
Meanwhile, Marañon who issued a memorandum recently directing the strict enforcement of coastal fishery laws and regulations urged the director to focus his attention on the Visayan Sea.
Last year, Negros Occidental initiated the collaboration and cooperation of the four provinces namely Cebu, Masbate, Iloilo and Negros Occidental to step up its conservation and protection efforts in the Visayan Sea.