Dárlán Páléncìá Bárcélón
Camp Simeon A. Ola, Legazpi City, [02.09.18] – At least five persons were apprehended violating the Anti-Illegal Fishing in the municipal seawaters of Milagros town particularly at Guinluthangan Island and Nagurang Island this morning, a report reaching Camp Simeon A. Ola said
The appehended violators were identified as the following – Adam Mahusay y Salundangit, 48 years old, married, fisherman and a resident of Barangay Jilotongan, Cawayan, Masbate, Jay-Ar Billiones y Dahoya, 28 years old, single, fisherman, and a resident of Barangay Tinaclipan, Milagros, Masbate, Larry Mahusay y Cristobal, 23 years old, single, fisherman, and a resident of Barangay Peña, Cawayan, Masbate, Felipe Lapaz y Espera, 39 years old, married, fisherman of Barangay Guinluthangan, Milagros, Masbate, Roan Magallanes y Burlaos, 40 years old, married, fisherman of Barangay Guinluthangan, Milagros, Masbate.
Elements of Milagros Municipal Police Station who conducted seaborne patrol operation apprehended the suspects while engaging in illegal-fishing known as “trawl” and “hulbot-hulbot”.
Confiscated items from the arrested persons were: five fishing boats, assorted fishing gears and paraphernalia and assorted fish catch.
Arrested persons and confiscated items were brought to Milagros Municipal Police Station.
“Hulbot-Hulbot” or Danish Seine and Modified Danish Seine is banned in the Philippines under Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources [BFAR] Fisheries Administrative Order No. 246.
Asid Gulf is the primary fishing ground in the province of Masbate and is considered as the biggest source of marine products that provide livelihood to the fishermen of the municipalities of Balud, Cawayan, Milagros and a favorites fishing grounds of marauding commercial fishing company from Estancia.
The municipal waters of Milagros is part of Asid Gulf located in the southwestern part of Masbate and is part of Visayan sea is always a constant threats of illegal fishing activities perpetrated both by marginal fisherfolks and commercial fishing companies.