ILOILO – Another wave of local fishermen were apprehended from August 28 up to September 2 due to illegal fishing in Northern Iloilo, reports from Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat showed.
Task force chief SPO1 Gilbert Piedad said the erring fishermen were caught using trawl, round haul seine, purse seine, and “hulbot-hulbot” (Danish seine), all in violation of Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998.
First to fall in the task force’s operation were motorbancas owned by Nerio Luna of Victorias City, Negros Occidental and Aljen Gabo, Vicente Abong, Eduardo Lazadaz, Edwin Salvaria and Erik Pajanilla of Concepcion, Iloilo.
The six were arrested for using active gears in the municipal waters of Concepcion but they were immediately released upon approval and subsequent payments of compromise fines they offered to the municipality.
Piedad disclosed that each of them paid P10,000 to the municipality of Concepcion but were warned that similar or repeated offense will be strictly dealt with next time.
On August 31, the task force grounded four motorbancas engaging in round haul seine fishing still in Concepcion.
These motorbancas were SHIFTA 8 owned by Johnny Asturias, SHIFTA 5 owned by Tinajo Callos, SHIFTA 88 owned by Elizabeth Salcedo and ST. VINCENT owned by Cecile Mesias.
On September 1, the task force apprehended the crews of F/B St. Anthony de Padua for purse seine fishing off Sicogon Island in Carles, Iloilo.
On the following day, F/B ALASKA VIII was also grounded for the same violation.
The two fishing vessels were owned by Nancy Betic and Poreman Gidote of Cadiz City, Negros Occidental and were manned by Sexto Escala and Primitivo Batain of Bantayan, Cebu, respectively.
Meanwhile, an unnamed vessel with four crews was likewise apprehended for using hulbot-hulbot off the coast of Banate, Iloilo on September 2.
The vessel was owned by certain Joebert Albasa and the crews were identified as Jimmy de la Cruz, Rap-Rap de Guzman, Jojo Monera and Jerald Dilig, all were residents of San Salvador, Banate town.
Piedad said owners of the fishing vessels exempt those from Banate offered a compromise fine and the same were approved by the municipal mayors.
The compromise fine offered by the owners of the motorbancas ranged from P5,000 to 5,500 while the owners of fishing boats posted P75,000 each.
The erring fishermen from Banate were slapped with a criminal complaint for violation of Section 86 of Republic Act 8550 and Sections 01 and 10 of Municipal Ordinance No. 12, Series of 2004.
The complaint is currently being heard at the Municipal Circuit Trial Court of Barotac Viejo town. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)