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Baywide Fisheries Law Enforcement Team Formation and Skills Development for Butuan Bay.

The activity aims to establish a bay wide fisheries law enforcement alliance. The alliance will effectively enforce the implementing rules and regulations as stipulated by the Philippines Fisheries Code of 1998 (RA 10654); bay wide and local legislation and ordinances, and manage the coastal resources within the vicinity of the bay wide alliance, stop the use of illegal fishing method, poachers and illegal fishers. The activities in this design specifically aims to (1) Form Fisheries Law Enforcement Team for every LGU, (2) develop a bay wide FLET Alliance per bay in Caraga region, (3) capacitate the FLETs and develop a system for the sustainability of the organizations.

The event is attended by the different Fisheries Law Enforcement Group from the different local government unit of Butuan Bay, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Caraga - Fisheries Management and Regulation Division (FMRED), Fisheries Protection and Law Enforcement Group(FPLEG) Local Philippine National Police(PNP) and PNP Maritime Police; and the Philippine Navy.

The activity is through the efforts of the Regional Project Management Office of the FishCORAL Project-Caraga headed by Mr. Joeffrey Maglinte, DA- BFAR CARAGA and with support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

The Fisheries, Coastal Resource and Livelihood (FishCORAL) Project as implemented by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), with support from the International Funding for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is currently on its 3rd year of project implementation. The project is conducting interventions in the coastal communities in the Philippines; to alleviate poverty within the poor fisherfolks, increase their income, improve child nutrition, involve more women, and increase awareness of the importance of fisheries and the coastal resources.

One of the goals of the project is the increase in fisheries and marine resources within the bay. Through the intervention done by the project, it is expected that increase in biodiversity and fish catch can be obtained. This can be true, especially with a strengthened local Fisheries Law Enforcement Team (FLET) and a unified alliance between the different LGUs belonging to the same bay. To be able to obtain an efficient enforcement team, a series of skills development and capacity building is needed for the institution to be fully functional in implementing the rules and regulations as stipulated in the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 (RA 10654) and its sustainability.