Defensor lauds SC for upholding ban vs ‘hulbot’

ILOILO – Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. lauded the Supreme Court on Wednesday for upholding the ban on using Danish Seine or hulbot-hulbot and modified Danish Seine in Philippine waters.

Defensor, who proposed the ban, said the decision of the High Tribunal further strengthens their campaign against the destructive fishing gear, especially in Northern Iloilo where illegal fishing remains a concern.

The SC resolution dated July 7 imposed a temporary restraining order against the order issued by Malabon Regional Trial Court Branch 170 Judge Zaldy B. Docena on April 14 prohibiting the implementation of the ban contained in Fisheries Administrative Order No. 246.

The stoppage of the ban was earlier sought by Malabon-Navotas Hulbot-Hulbot Fisherfolks Association Inc. But the SC’s resolution issued by Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio stated that the decision of Docena “is founded on grave abuse of discretion”.

Following this development, the governor ordered the Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force chaired by Provincial Administrator Raul Banias to step-up their operation against hulbot-hulbot.

Last week, the task force’s operation’s chief SPO1 Gilbert Piedad reported that they apprehended 51 fishermen using hulbot-hulbot in two separate operations in Ajuy and Carles.

The erring fishermen were onboard four fishing boats owned by Romel de Guzman (F/B RJ) of Carles, Rosalinda Villanueva (F/B Rosal) of Estancia, Iloilo; and Ricky Tan Sr. and Tonting Camarines of Manapla, Negros Occidental.

Danish Seine is a fishing gear which consists of conical net with two long wings that form a bag where the fish are collected. The ends of the net are connected to a rope embedded with buri, plastic strips or other sinkers that is hauled by mechanical winch or by manpower.

Its use is declared unlawful because it contributes to the destruction of marine habitats and other fishery resources – an act in violation of Section 92 of Republic Act 8550 or the Fisheries Code of the Philippines. #2014News



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