Sunday, January 31, 2016

Bureau of Fisheries (BFAR) acquiring 50 meter Offshore Vessels to protect Filipino fishers

Bureau of Fisheries Multi Mission Offshore Vessel- artist rendition
Illegal fishing is still a problem in the country.

Despite reduced incidents of illegal activities at sea, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said, the government is still losing billions of dollars.

The total eradication of illegal activities is still difficult to achieve due to insufficient vessels running after illegal fishermen.

But in 16 months, the floating assets of BFAR will add two multi-mission vessels which are now under construction.

While the Philippine Navy’s ships are imported, the BFAR’s will be locally made.

It will have a length of 50.5 meters; longer than an Olympic-size swimming pool and can carry 60 personnel at the speed of 18 knots.

Total cost is estimated at P178.5 million.

BFAR Undersecretary Asis Perez said, “If we are successful, in creating a great vessel, it will encourage other agencies to seek the service of Filipino ship builders.”

This project is in line with the implementation of the amended fisheries code.

When the building of the ships is completed, it will patrol the high seas pocket number one where tunas are captured.

Sec. Proceso Alcala said, its construction is not for use in war but at least it can be used to patrol the West Philippine Sea in order to protect Filipino fishers.

“It will serve as protection in times of needs for our fishermen. Just like having a big brother that may assist them.”

UPDATE: PH Fishing Bureau (DA-BFAR) launches two locally built offshore vessels

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