ILOILO – Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. said he has been supportive of the proposal for a total ban on the use of hulbot-hulbot or Danish Seine in this country.
This was the governor’s reaction when he was informed that a total ban on the destructive fishing method currently awaits the signature of Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala.
It was reported that the National Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council has recommended the total ban on hulbot-hulbot.
Defensor stressed the total ban on hulbot-hulbot is among the initiatives that must be realized to ensure the protection and preservation of our marine resources.
At present, the use of hulbot-hulbot within the municipal waters or 15 kilometers from the seashore is strictly prohibited since it is destroying the coral reefs.
But the damage it can cause has no difference when use outside municipal waters or in deep sea fishing.
Hulbot-hulbot or Danish seine fishing involves throwing a large rock tied to a net into the sea and dragging it underwater.
In the province, almost 575 fishermen have been arrested for using trawl, hulbot-hulbot and other illegal fishing paraphernalia since January 1 to date.
Some have been slapped with criminal charges for violating Republic Act 8550 or the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998, while others were freed after paying a compromise fine.
However, there are still erring fishermen who continue to poach on the province’s marine reserve giving law enforces the reason to intensify their operations.
Defensor said that as long as there are illegal fishermen operating in the province, there will be no let-up in the campaign. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)