Visa Tan Dimeren, BFAR regional director, said that there are three hot spot areas for illegal fishing in Misamis Oriental while
Dimeren identified the coastal towns Manticao, Initao and Lugait in Misamis Oriental’s western district, while the villages of Bayabas and Bonbon, in Cagayan De Oro’s northern coast as “hot spot” of illegal fishing.
She said there were reports about “encroachment of fishing boats” and dynamite fishing in the coastal towns while dynamite fishing is prevalent in Cagayan De Oro City’s coastal areas.
Dimeren said that with only 50 personnel assigned at the Maritime Police in Northern Mindanao, law enforcers find it difficult to check the illegal fishing activities in the region.
The BFAR official, however, hopes that illegal fishing in Northern Mindanao would be minimized following the formation of a task force comprising the Maritime police, Philippine Coast Guard, and Philippine National Police along with the media to monitor illegal fishing in the region.
She said that the formation of the task force is mandated under Republic Act No. RA 10654, which imposes stiffer penalties against those caught engaging in illegal fishing. (With PNA)