BFAR declares war vs dynamite fishing



The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has declared an “all-out war” against dynamite fishing and other illegal fishing practices.

BFAR Director Asis Perez said the government was beefing up enforcement of the laws against fishing with explosives, as the bureau recently revealed that the country’s major fishing grounds have shown signs of over-fishing.

Municipal and commercial fishermen have reported declining catch in the past 40 years due to over-fishing, illegal fishing and pollution, the BFAR said.

“All the major causes of a fish decline are manmade and therefore preventable if all stakeholders would take their responsibilities seriously,” Perez said.

This year, the BFAR was given P100 million for law enforcement to run after dynamite fishers.

Perez said fishermen who used explosives not only killed fish but also other marine species necessary for a healthy ecosystem.

“What is shocking to note is that for one fish species alone, the damage could run up to P240 million in losses per day,” he added. Kristine L. Alave

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  • MangDolphy

    Di na kailangan lumayo ang BFAR. Manila Bay lang masisiyahan ka na sa dami ng nagpapaputok. May dinamita para sa isdang bato, may dinamita para sa kawan (school) na isda, may paputok para mahilo ang dilis.Mga bangka galing sa Ternate at Maragondon at Bataan. Patay na lahat ng batuhan (corals) sa buong Manila Bay gawa ng dinamita at lason (cyanide). Subukan nyo taga BFAR mamingwit sa paligid ng Corregidor at Carabao o Isla de Fraile, wala na’ng isdang bato (Lapu=lapu, betilya, dalagang bukid, samaral)) butete na lang ang humihigit. Sa dami ng dynamite fishermen sa lugar na ito, wala pa ako’ng nalaman na nahuli at nakulong. Pero palagay ko, lagi naman nauubos ang budget para sa enforcement. Bakit kaya?

  • murtson

    BFAR whould declare war against fishermen’s poverty. They could have organized the fishermen into cooperatives and loan them modern fishing boats. The Philippines is generations behind its neighbors when fishing technology is concerned. Outriggers are still the bancas fisherment are using. This should be phased out in favor of modern boats to be loaned by the government. And the appropriate trainings be continually provided.

    Instead of fostering the culture of mendicancy through the P39 billion CCT dole-outs, the money could have better economic returns if it’s spent in modernization of farming and fishing methods.

  • Darwin

    My goodness. Dynamite fishing is so antiquated. Big time shipping na ang problema ngayon BFAR. Go after the big shipping vessels straying out of their fishing zones.

  • jess fernandez

    bakit ngayon lang?matagal ng nangyayari ang dynamite fishing

  • lito santiago1

    Maganda sila ang masabugan ng dynamite na dala nila kakaasar ang mga mangingisda na to dapat talaga kamay na bakal

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