BFAR to add 100 more patrol boats
(The Philippine Star) - March 26, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is adding 100 new  patrol boats of various capacities to its existing fleet to strengthen  its patrol functions in Philippine coastal boundaries nationwide.   

Fisheries director Asis Perez said 27 units of 43-footer vessels are  being constructed this year, some of which would be commissioned in  June. Each unit costs P6 million.   

Seventy-one units of 30-footer patrol vessels costing around P1.3  million each are also being constructed. Some units would also be  deployed in June.   

The smaller vessels would be used for patrolling in municipal waters.   

Slated for construction within the year and deployment by next year  are two units of 55-meter boats to be used in high seas patrol duties.  Each unit would cost P180 million each.   

For security reasons, the number of patrol vessels in BFAR’s existing  fleet could not be disclosed.   

Perez said the budget for the new patrol vessels came from the  previous year’s allocation, while some would be obtained from this  year’s allocation.   

He said the heightened patrol functions would not be limited to  disputed waters such as the Panatag Shoal where hostilities with  Chinese maritime entities are reported from time to time.   

The side of the country exposed to the Pacific Ocean, for instance, is  vulnerable to poachers because of less economic activity and less  presence of Philippine vessels.   

BFAR personnel, he said, would also implement stronger monitoring of  municipal waters during closed seasons.   

BFAR recently imposed stricter trading and gathering regulations  for several species like blue swimming crabs and sea cucumber,  requiring increased monitoring.

ASIS PEREZ BFAR BUREAU OF FISHERIES AND AQUATIC RESOURCES PACIFIC OCEAN PANATAG SHOAL PATROL PEREZ UNITS VESSELS YEAR
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