Board member Juan Antonio Alvarez has urged government to consider tapping private tourism dive operators in monitoring illegal fishing activities in the province.
Alvarez said Tuesday during his sponsorship speech of a resolution on this that conservation and protection of marine biodiversity are both responsibilities of the state and private sectors.
With continued illegal fishing activities in the seas, the governmental agencies that are tasked to patrol and secure the waters may need the expertise, knowledge, and skills of dive operators in mitigating, if not completely eliminate, the danger of illegal fishing, according to Alvarez.
“This measure aims to deputize ang mga diving operators natin because ‘yong cyanide ay nangyayari sa ilalim ng dagat at the same time dagdag bantay na rin doon sa mga corals, protection sa ating karagatan,” he said.
A partnership between LGU and the private dive operators might be an effective mechanism in curtailing the continuous proliferation of illegal fishing activities, he said.
Alvarez said that since the endeavor cannot be easily accomplished, a feasibility study must be conducted, showing therein the pros and cons of such collaboration. It must also show other pertinent information such as the possible extent of the involvement of the for-profit private dive operators.
He emphasized that the measure aims to protect marine biodiversity.
“We have received some reports of illegal fishing activities lalo na sa bandang Linapacan and El Nido area. This is more of enforcement measure kasi nga kung nakaraan ay dynamite fishing ang nare-report ngayon naman ay cyanide na naman ang natatanggap natin, another act of illegal fishing,” Alvarez said.