180 buckets of fish seized-A A +A
Friday, October 25, 2013
ONE hundred eighty buckets of assorted fish were confiscated by the Capitol’s anti-illegal fishing task force after two motor boats, which were allegedly on illegal fishing, were intercepted.
A team from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office and Cebu Provincial Anti-illegal Fishing Task Force saw the boats fishing within the municipal waters of Madridejos around 6 a.m. yesterday.
The eight-member team was with the members of the Bantay Dagat of Daanbantayan.
Provincial Chief Security Officer Loy Madrigal, leader of the anti-illegal team operation, said the owner of the two boats is from Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.
Earlier, he said doing fishing activity less than 15 kms. from the municipal waters is not allowed.
The motor boat named “Seanne” was loaded with 170 buckets of fish while the other boat named “Mark Hope” had 10 buckets.
Both fishing boats had 15 crew members each.
The boats were seen near Tangginggi island of Madridejos.
Madrigal said the crew also violated the law on allowable fishing gears.
Madrigal said the fishes were distributed to the hospitals in the towns Daanbantayan and San Remegio and Bogo City.
Madrigal said the fishes caught were worth more than half a million pesos.
The boats were grounded at San Remegio town.
The penalty is worth P5,000 per kilo, said Madrigal.
He said each bucket has 35 to 40 kilos.
Violators will face a complaint, their fishing boats will be impounded or it depends on the provincial legal officer, the officer added.
On Oct. 7, two fishing vessels were caught by the same team.
One of the vessels was Laura Lave, which also came from Cadiz City.
Madrigal, earlier, challenged the Bantay Dagat of Madridejos and Sta. Fe to tighten their efforts in running after violators of illegal fishing.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 25, 2013.