CCEF, BFAR Region VII-Training Division, Philippine National Police(PNP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and LGU Argao, Cebu, conducted Training on Onboard Patrolling and Deputization of Fish Warden last July 21-23, 2021. To address the issue of illegal fishing and effectiveness of Coastal Law Enforcement
The Bantay Dagat also known as fish wardens or sea patrol are front liners in protecting the seas and coasts. They are a community-based group that are often volunteer-based which work with the local government or municipality to patrol and enforce laws on illegal fishing within 15km from the shoreline.
In the Philippines, the bantay dagat are required to be deputized to give them authority in law enforcement. They play a big-role in ensuring the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas as well as in the protection of the municipal fisheries in the long-term.
There have been several incidents in which bantay dagat are injured or killed. But despite the great risk and danger the bantay dagat face, their service are often overlooked and only a small honorarium is given for their service.
CCEF provides enforcement, assistance, and training needs to empower our Bantay Dagat. We help local governments in establishing Bantay Dagat associations and provide tools for better enforcement and protection of our coasts and seas. Help us achieve our mission by Lending A Blue Hand to our Bantay Dagat today: https://www.coast.ph/lend-a-blue-hand/