A TOTAL of 36 fishermen from oil spill-hit towns of Batad and Estancia in Iloilo province were seized for illegal fishing.
The fishermen were caught engaging in Danish Seine fishing in two separate operations at 2.22 kilometers off Gigantes Island and 4.35 kilometers off Sicogon Island in Carles town.
In a report, the Iloilo Provincial Banray Dagat Task Force said the illegal fishers were onboard F/B Ronald owned by Ronald Villanueva of Villa Peterna, Estancia and F/B Triple-J owned by Rommel Agravante of Alinsolong, Batad.
The identified pilots and crew of the boats were: Ronilo Gallardo, Romeo Gallardo, Racel Gallardo, Roger Rosano, Reyboy Gallardo, Tony Gallardo, Romel Buoebilly, Ramon Mahilum, Diokno Mahilum, ZaldyDedoles, Rodelo Francisco, Jeno Gallardo, Rolin Ortiz, Renan Betita, Lino Gallardo, Mark Distor, Alex Pantello, Celfred Baldemor, Eugeni Baseos, Raffy Umali, Rowel Besana, Bernie Gregori, Danilo Maligwat, Christopher Bardino, Arnaldo Leonida, and Roger Deocampo.
The vessels and other fishing paraphernalia are now under the custody of the task force, while the fishermen were detained at the municipal police station of Carles.
The owners of the fishing boats, however, ventured into a compromise fine with the local government unit for their release. (PIO)