Members of local Bantay Dagat and officials from 13 coastal barangays of Bogo City recent underwent a deputation training for fish wardens.
The training was organized by the City Agriculture Office in cooperation with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource (BFAR) 7, the Philippine National Police Maritime Group, and Bogo City Police Station Police Environmental Desk Office (PEDO).
During the training, the participants were taught on values, coastal resource management, duties and responsibilities of a fish warden, the Fisheries Code, Republic Act No. 10654 and related Fisheries Administrative Orders.
A total of twenty-six individuals completed the 3-day training and were deputized.
Deputized fish wardens are tasked to enforce all fishery laws, rules and regulations governing the conservation and protection of fishery and aquatic resources including municipal fishery ordinances; to make arrest, even without warrant, person or persons who has committed or committing in his presences any of the offenses penalized under the provision of existing fishery laws, rules and regulations, confiscate catch and fishing gadgets used in the commission of offense and to file appropriate charge in court; conduct information campaign against all forms of illegal fishing; act as government witness for the speedy prosecution of illegal fishing cases; and to assist in the disposition of confiscated fish.
According to Fishery Technician Ediosita Wagas, the three most common violations of fishery laws in Bogo City are compressor fishing, illegal unrelated unreported (IUU) fishing, and illegal entry of marine protected areas (MPA). (Bogo City PIO)