5 fishermen face raps for illegally fishing in Masbate City protected area

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 14, 2021   •   140

MANILA, Philippines — Authorities formally filed charges against five individuals for illegally fishing in a protected area in Masbate City.

The local government strictly prohibits fishing in the so-called core zone at the sand bar and marine sanctuary in Barangay Nursery, Masbate City.

Apprehended individuals were identified as Jojo Carajay, Pepito Cruel, Daniel Geronimo, Angel Badiana, and Gil Espinas.

Samahang Mangingisda ng Puro-Sinalikway (SMAPUSI) President Rizaldo Razada said they have been receiving reports about individuals fishing inside the marine sanctuary using illegal fishing compressor.

Kaya nag-conduct iyong mga Bantay dagat namin deputized fish warden at nag-conduct iyong nga law enforcement ng seaborn patrol. Iyon nga ang nangyari nakita na nasa loob ng sanctuary kaya hinuli sila (That’s why our deputized fish warden and law enforcement of seaborn patrol monitored the area and they were spotted inside the sanctuary and were apprehended),” he said. -AAC (with reports from Gerry Galicia)

16 arrested for illegal fishing in Agusan del Norte

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 12, 2019

Maritime police arrested 16 individuals for illegally fishing in Jabongga, Agusan del Norte while conducting seaborne patrol on Friday (July 12).

Authorities immediately arrested the individuals who were boarded in three motorboats.

Chief of the 130th maritime police station in Butuan City Police Major Pedro Gorre Jr. said the fishermen had no permit from the local government of Jabongga to fish.

“Ginagawa na nila dati iyan. Actually iyan isang bangka the other night nag seaborne din kami naabutan namin iyan kaso hindi sila naka-ano ng fishing net nila (They have actually done that before. We actually saw one of these boats when we had our seaborne patrol the other day but their fishing net were not used),” he said.

The arrested fishermen will undergo inquest proceedings and will face charges for violating Republic Act 10654 or Unauthorized Fishing.

Meanwhile, one of the fishermen Predelie Bayeta said they were unaware that there is a need for a permit from the local government.

The fishermen are currently detained at the Maritime Police Station. Authorities also seized the boats they used.—AAC (with reports from Raymond Octobre)

DA, BFAR launch P7-M livelihood project to Quezon fishermen

admin   •   May 9, 2017

MANILA — The livelihood project launched by the government to benefit the residents of Infanta, Quezon and nearby areas amount to almost 7 million pesos.

The livelihood project includes boats and other fishing equipment as assistance to 200 beneficiaries.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) will also provide loan for fishermen through credit unions as capital.

“Maximum na uutangin P50,000. Walang kulateral at babayaran po ang pinakamaigsi 2 taon,” DA Secretary Piñol said. (A fisherman can loan a maximum amount of P50, 000. There is no collateral required, and it is payable in two years.)

Secretary Emmanuel Piñol appealed to stop illegal fishing since this brings damage to water resources such as corals.

Secretary Piñol also warned mayors who tolerate illegal fishing.

“Sapagka’t irerekomenda ako sa Pangulong Duterte na suspindehin ang mga mayors na hindi makatigil ng illegal fishing,” he said. (I will recommend to President Duterte to suspend mayors who do not stop illegal fishing.)

Romel, one of the beneficiaries of the livelihood project, lost one hand due to the use of dynamite in fishing. He says he used to earn P1,000 then. But now they earn only 300 pesos daily.

“Dati po akong nagamit ng dinamita. Sa kasamaang palad po ay ito naputulan po ako ng kamay pero hindi parin po ako nasuko naghanap-buhay parin po ako,” Romel Guevara, a former illegal fisher said. (I used to use dynamite in fishing. I lost my hand. But I do not surrender. I still work for a living.)

The BFAR will acquire two helicopters and drones that can help in stopping illegal fishing.

“Hahabulin naming sa pamamagitan ng helicopter yung mga illegal fishers at saka bago lumipad ang helicopter meron kaming bibilhin na 20 drones,” Piñol said. (We will run aft illegal fishers using the helicopters. And before the helicopters fly, we will acquire 20 drones.)  —  Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

Duterte orders release of arrested Vietnamese fishermen

admin   •   September 30, 2016

MANILA, Philippines — Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Department of Justice to hasten the release and repatriation of the Vietnamese fishermen who were arrested by the Philippine Coast Guard and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) last year.

The Vietnamese were caught illegally fishing within the ocean that is still part of the Philippine territory.

Aside from discharging the said fishermen, Pres. Duterte also ordered to return their fishing boats.

The President gave his directives to the DOJ after his 2-day working visit in Vietnam with Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre. — Roderic Mendoza│UNTV News and Rescue

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