MANILA - The government needs to invest in a vessel and space-based technologies to better monitor intrusions in the West Philippine Sea, an expert from a marine advocacy group said on Sunday.
Jessie Floren, a geographic information expert with Oceana Philippines, said the country needs a vessel as well as space-based technologies to identify other vessels that are fishing within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone.
Oceana had earlier revealed that more and more foreign fishing vessels have been intruding in the country's EEZ since 2012. Using data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Oceana showed that foreign fishing vessels have been venturing closer and closer to the Philippine coastline.
"I think we need to invest more in the science and technology part," Floren said in an interview with ANC.
He added that areas of the South China Sea which are being claimed by several countries are critical to the marine food supplies of the region and that cooperation among experts in different countries was needed to better manage these areas.
"I think we need to focus on the food security aspect rather than, you know, disputes on the ownership part," he said.