Enhancing and modernizing the monitoring of fishing operations and law enforcement activities within the FMA 8, installation of Commercial Fishing Vessel/ Gears License (CFVGL) Monitoring system is currently spearheaded by the BFAR Regional Fisheries Information Management Centers (RFIMCs) and the FMA 8 Law Enforcement Cluster through the BFAR Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) Sections.
For Eastern Visayas, a total of 88 fishing vessels (61 small scale and 27 are medium scale) have been installed with the VMS100, and seven (7) Port and Coastal Monitoring System (PCMS) Type II are placed at the Provincial Fishery Offices in Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Southern Leyte and Biliran, Borongan Tilapia Hatchery in Eastern Samar, and at the Fisheries Protection and Law Enforcement Group (FPLEG) Carigara Substation in Leyte. While, PCMS Type I construction at the BFAR 8 Regional Office in Diit, Tacloban City is nearly completed.
In Caraga, 28 fishing vessels (16 small scale and 12 are medium scale) have been installed with the VMS100, and five (5) Port and Coastal Monitoring System (PCMS) Type II were stationed at PFOs San Agustin, Surigao del Sur and San Jose and Dinagat Islands, Masao Aquaculture Center in Butuan City, CFLC Surigao City, and at the City Agriculture Office of Bislig, Surigao del Sur. Likewise , PCMS Type I is under construction at the BFAR Caraga Regional Fisheries Information Management Center in Masao, Butuan City.
Once fully established in the said regions, the Integrated Marine Environment Monitoring System (IMEMS) will expand and improve the current monitoring, control, and surveillance (MCS) program of the BFAR, particularly in FMA 8. Using this, BFAR will be able to track and communicate with Philippine-flagged fishing vessels in real time on a national scale, integrating communication, licensing, and law enforcement functionalities to ensure compliance with various conservation and management measures being implemented in the Philippine waters, Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), and in other Coastal States.