2 fishing boats seized off island towns-A A +A
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
TWO fishing vessels whose crews allegedly conducted illegal fishing activities were intercepted by a provincial anti-illegal fishing task force last Monday.
A team from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) apprehended fishing vessels Laura Lave and RAV II. They were seen fishing within the municipal waters of Sta. Fe and Madridejos, respectively.
Provincial chief security officer Loy Madrigal, team leader of the anti-illegal fishing operation, said fishing less than 15 kilometers from the municipal waters is not allowed.
Twenty-one buckets of fish were seized from RAV II.
Madrigal said Julius Villaceran owns the RAV II.
He said the vessel had 18 crew members.
Penro personnel brought the vessel to Daanbantayan.
Madrigal said the owner of Laura Lave vessel is from Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.
There were 15 crew members on the boat and 51 buckets of fish when apprehended.
Madrigal said the boat was seen three kms. from Kinatarcan Island in the Municipality of Sta. Fe.
The two vessels were grounded off Hagnaya, San Remegio.
The crew members and the fishermen were seen at the Capitol yesterday.
Madrigal said they kept the evidence found in each vessel, like GPS tracker and fishing nets with small holes.
Yesterday, the fish were given to the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center.
Madrigal challenged the Bantay Dagat of Sta. Fe and Madridejos to tighten their operation against illegal fishing.
“Nganong ing-ani man kadaghan ang illegal fishing? Nagpatrolya ba sila? (Why do we have this problem? Do they patrol the area?),” Madrigal said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 09, 2013.