Helmet shells shipment intercepted-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Monday, October 29, 2012
AT LEAST P200,000 worth of helmet shells shipment was intercepted and seized by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) at the local port, a coast guard official said Monday.
Lieutenant Commander Elizer Dalnay, chief of the Zamboanga Coast Guard Station, said the shipment was intercepted on Friday from a ferry that arrived from Tawi-Tawi via Sulu.
Dalnay said the cargo was intercepted aboard M/V Ever Queen of Asia after an informant tipped them off about the shipment.
The helmet shells of different sizes packed in five sacks and five boxes were presented by Dalnay to reporters on Monday.
Dalnay said the collection of helmet shells is prohibited under Republic Act 8550 otherwise known as the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998.
He added the trade of helmet shells is also prohibited by the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species.
Investigation continues to determine who owns the cargo since no one has claimed ownership of the shipment, he said.