4 sued for violation of fisheries code-A A +A
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
FOUR men are facing charges before the Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) for selling illegally caught variety of fishes.
Michael Nicolas, Diosdado Mayor, Ruben Elloren and Carlos Namias were charged with violation of the Philippines Fisheries Code of 1998.
The four were arrested by operatives of the Regional Maritime Unit (RMU) in Davao Region after an informant reported that an Isuzu 10-wheeler truck has been transporting assorted fishes, including lapu-lapu (grouper) suspected to be caught with the use of dynamite.
A team from the RMU, in coordination with Romulo Nicdao of City Agriculture Office, immediately conducted a joint Market Denial Operation in Bankerohan public market.
A vehicle owned by Eliezer Codilla driven by Nicolas and his three helpers were intercepted by the team.
An examination of the four boxes of assorted fishes loaded in the 10-wheeler truck revealed the fishes were caught through dynamite fishing.
The examination result also showed that out of 88 boxes of assorted fish species and six crates of tuna fishes -- 23 boxes weighing about 700 kilos valued at P200,000 -- were found to have been caught using explosives.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 07, 2012.