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Monitoring ng mga vessel sa karagatan tutukan

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“The June 9 sinkin­g of a Philippine fishin­g vessel in the Recto Bank by Chinese fishing boat should drive us to put in place mechanisms for the safety of our people and tra­cking behavior of fishing vessels within and even outside our territoria­l waters.

Our fisheries laws are clear on requi­ring tracking device for commercial fishing vessels, but if we continue to ignore its importance in deterring illegal fishing and possible human rights abuses, and take the business-as-usual mindset, our own people will face the grave consequences.”

Ito ang pahayag ng Oceana, international advocacy group at hinihimok ang gobyerno na magpatupad ng vessel monitoring system sa lahat ng commercial fishing vessel na siyang isinasaad ng Fisheries Code.

“We need to be firm in ensuring transparency and accountability in ocean governance if we are to eradicate the continuing plunder on our oceans and assault on our honor and integrity as a nation, apart from pushing us on the edge on the issue of food security,” paliwa­nag ni Oceana Vice President, Gloria Estenzo Ramos.

Nangyari ang trahedya sa Recto Bank sa kasagsagan ng paglalabas ng investigative report ng Oceana sa pagpapakita ng kapangyarihan ng teknolohiya para magbigay linaw sa posibilidad ng pagkakaroon ng illegal fishing at human rights abuses sa karagatan.

“Poor oversight, weak regulations and lack of transparency make commercial fishin­g a vulnerable sector for illicit activity like IUU fishing, human trafficking and forced labor,” nakasaad pa sa report.