Dárlán Páléncìá Bárcélón
Legazpi City, [06.22.17] – At least nine fishermen were held by police for illegal fishing activity in in the municipal waters of Barangay Pasiagon, Placer, Masbate, while three fish vendors were also apprehended in Tabaco City Public Market for vending illegally caught fish this morning, police report said.
The fish vendors were apprehended by the joint elements of Bureau of Fisheries and Acquatic Resources led by Fishing Regulation Officer 1 Aresteo L. Magtibay and Senior Police Officer 1 Sarah B. Allorde of Tabaco City Police Station in the implementation of the provision of Republic Act 10654, particularly the proliferation of dynamited fish in the local market.
The group conducted Market Denial/Inspection at Market Site, Tabaco City and resulted in the apprehension of the said persons at 4:30 o’ clock in the morning today while in possession of illegally caught fish.
The suspects were identified as Cheryl Bueno y Tumpang, 36 years old, single, vendor and a resident Purok – 6, Barangay Bacolod; Edna Brol y Bordeos, 53 years old, married and a resident of Purok -2, Barangay Matagbac, Tabaco City and Marlon Butial y Junio, 39 years old, single of Purok – 6, Barangay Bacolod, Tabaco City.
Recovered from their possession were twenty three (23) containers (banyeras) of illegally caught fish.
The arrested vendors will be charged for violation of Republic Act 8550 (Illegal Fishing) as amended by Republic Act 10654 AN ACT TO PREVENT, DETER AND ELIMINATE ILLEGAL, UNREPORTED AND UNREGULATED FISHING.
In the municipality of Placer, Masbate, a seaborne patrol operation also apprehended nine fishermen at 8:55 o’ clock in the morning today.
The following apprehended fishermen were identified as follows; Demetrio Setenta y Pepito, 48 years old, Elmer Setenta y Caadlawon, 19 years old, Jomar Espinosa y Arriesgado, 24 years old, Carlos Quining y Bernales, 42 years old, Jefferey Villaran y Bonito, 18 years old, Jomar Villester y Roque, 42 years old, Juvy Villester y Roque, 26 years old, Rogelio Navales y Tolentino, 43 years old and Edu Villester y Roque, 48 years old.
Recovered from their possession and control were three fishing boats, fishing paraphernalia and more or less 20 kilograms of assorted catch fish.
Meanwhile, a BFAR – Bikol official has has admitted in her Facebook post that blast fishing and other destructive fishing practices in the region are still rampant, following their apprehension of three vendors in Tabaco City Public Market.
“Despite of the massive campaign to end IUUF (illegal, unreported, unregulated fishing) by the fisheries bureau, there are still illegal fishing incidents in the region, especially dynamite fishing,” the officer lamented.