F/B Mateo, a commercial fishing boat owned by Chester Chua of Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, in the vicinity of Colebra Island, Concepcion was caught engaging in purse seine fishing last Sept. 16, 2015. BANTAY DAGAT PHOTOThere’s no let up in the campaign of the Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force against illegal fishing activities.
Last Sept. 16, 2015, while on seaborne patrol off the waters of Concepcion, Iloilo the Bantay Dagat operatives apprehended one commercial fishing boat engaged in purse seine fishing and two motorized boats engaged in shell gathering with the use of air compressor.
F/B Mateo, a commercial fishing boat owned by Chester Chua of Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, was spotted in the vicinity of Colebra Island, Concepcion engaging in purse seine fishing around 4 a.m. of Sept. 16, 2015.
Purse seine fishing, a fishing method that employs seine or dragnet that hangs vertically in the water with its bottom edge held down by weights and its top edge buoyed by floats, is prohibited under RA 8550 or the Philippine Fisheries Code. It is also prohibited under Municipal Ordinance 01 series of 2008 of the Municipality of Concepcion known as Unlicensed Fishery Activity and Fishing within the Municipality.
Bantay Dagat chief PO3 Charlie Asturias said the area where F/B Mateo was spotted is merely 11.4 kilometers from the shoreline which makes it illegal.
Unfortunately, while the F/B Mateo was hauling its fishing nets it accidentally collided with a smaller fishing boat which was totally destroyed. The two fishermen on board the motorized banca, namely, Rolly Delos Reyes and Rolando Evangelio suffered injuries and were immediately brought by the Bantay Dagat patrol boat to the mainland for treatment. The owner of F/B Mateo reportedly paid for the hospitalization of the two fishermen and for the damaged motorized banca.
On the other hand, two motorized bancas owned by Freddie and John Aguirre, all of San Dionisio, Iloilo, were caught engaging in shell gathering with the use of air compressor along Concepcion Bay which is a violation of Sec. 9.11 of Concepcion’s Municipal Ordinance No. 1 series of 2008 (Fishing within the Fish Sanctuary and Marine Protected Areas).
The apprehended fishermen and their fishing gears are now in the custody of Concepcion PNP while their fishing boats were impounded.