Illegal fishers caught in Carles, Iloilo

ILOILO -- Criminal and administrative charges have been filed Friday, March 16, against the boat captain and owner of fishing boat Drams-MV who were caught using the forbidden Danish seine (hulbot-hulbot) in the municipal waters of Carles.

Boat captain Edwin Bacas of Barangay Libas, Roxas City and owner Jessie Tayo of Balud, Masbate were slapped by the Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force of charges for violation of Sections 86 and 97 (Unauthorized Fishing and Ban on the Use of Danish Seine in Fishing) of Republic Act 10654 before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Bfar) Region Western Visayas Adjudication Committee.

Bacas and his 20-men crew were caught using hulbot-hulbot 9.9-kilometers from the shoreline of Barangay Asluman, Carles town on March 15, 2018 by the joint seaborne patrol operation of the Bantay Dagat and BFAR-6.

Their boat, including its engine and fishing paraphernalia were seized by the task force for safe keeping.

They also recovered from their possession 20 tubs of assorted fishes.

Bacas is currently detained in the Municipal Police Station of Carles, while his crew who were not subject of the penal provisions of the law, were released Friday. (Jezza Nepomoceno/SunStar Philippines)
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