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Dumaguete City, Philippines Saturday, September 10, 2016
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3 fishing vessels
seized at Tañon Strait
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

A joint team of law enforcers from government agencies apprehended three commercial fishing vessels at Tañon Strait for alleged illegal fishing activities.

The joint team from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape Protected Area Office, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and the Maritime Police conducted a seaborne patrol operation from September 6-9 as part of ongoing efforts to address illegal commercial fishing in the country's largest marine protected area.

The first vessel to be apprehended was the F/B CARF Nathaniel on Tuesday at 5:23 a.m. at the seawaters of Jimalalud, Negros Oriental, a report furnished by Steve Vincent Larona, DENR 7 legal assistant II and TSPS PAO law enforcement officer, showed.

The vessel is owned by Romeo and Felicitas Pocong, of Talisay in Basdiot, Moalboal in Cebu province.

The report identified the boat captain as Hermilito Pocong, with 15 crewmembers.

At around 6:55 a.m. the same day, the joint team apprehended F/B JBH at the seawaters off Dumanjog, Cebu province.

The owner of the fishing vessel was identified as Julito Flores, a councilor of Barili, Cebu, while the boat captain was identified as Petronilo Ricaplaza.

According to the DENR-TSPS PAO report, the F/B JBH, with 14 crewmembers, was impounded in Dumanjog, Cebu but it was stolen and found later at Barili, Cebu, the local police said.

At around 5:37 a.m. yesterday, a similar joint operation resulted in the seizure of F/B Dorothy at the seawaters of Samboan, Cebu.

The former owner, Wilfred Batoctoy, had sold the fishing vessel to Cora Greene of Samboan, Cebu.

Alexander Zapran was identified as the boat captain of the fishing vessel, which has 14 crewmembers.

The apprehended fishing vessels are impounded in Ayungon, Negros Oriental, and charges are being readied for violating the law, specifically fishing within the municipal waters.*JFP

 

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