By Betheena Unite
More than 40 fishermen onboard four commercial fishing vessels were nabbed for fishing within municipal waters, a violation of an existing ordinance in Araceli, Palawan, the Philippine Coast Guard said Saturday.
Four commercial fishing vessels owned by RBL Fishing Corporation were caught fishing by a responding team from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine National Police (PNP) and Bantay Dagat in a prohibited area in the waters off Barangay Tinintinan, Araceli following a report from the municipal mayor.
According to the PCG, Rodel Condesa, of Bantay Dagat Araceli, appeared at Coast Guard Sub-Station Araceli relaying the information from Araceli Municipal Mayor Sue Cudilla that alleged fishing vessels were operating at the municipal waters.
The apprehended fishing vessels were Fishing Banca “Monalinda-68” with 23 crew, F/B “Morning Glory-XIX” with eight crew, F/B “Mayfair-XXI” with six crew, and F/B “Morning Glory-XXXVII” with six crew.
It was disclosed that conducting a fishing venture in the area is illegal and a clear violation of the Municipal Ordinance No. 139 series of 2009 or “Fishing within Municipal Waters.”
The fishing company paid a fine of P82,500 to the Municipal Treasurer’s Office of Araceli for its violation.
Meanwhile, another fisherman was also apprehended recently for using trammel nets while fishing off Barangay Tambisan, San Juan, Siquijor.
Fisherman Richard Sumagang, 27, of Barangay Caticugan, Siquijor, onboard an unnamed motorboat was nabbed during a seaborne patrol by local Coast Guard team. He was arrested for violating the Municipal Ordinance Number 631 Section 11 or “The Comprehensive Coastal Enforcement Ordinance Using Trammel Net”.
The PCG said Sumagang was detained and released after 12 hours, however, his motor banca and trammel nets were confiscated by authorities.