M/BCA Toto Jabie was arrested for using modified drift trawl locally known as “palukso” without permit in Concepcion. (Photo by Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force)
ILOILO – Fishermen gathering shellfish without permit were apprehended by Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force off the coast of Bago-Alas Island, Brgy. Taloto-an, Concepcion over the weekend.
The task force headed by SPO1 Jose Ronnie Panes reported on Monday that the fishermen were caught in two separate seaborne operations.
First to fall were the ten fishermen who were using air compressor to gather shellfish and were onboard the following motorboat:
*M/BCA Ignacio – owned and operated by Nelson Alcala with three crew members from Brgy. Punta Batwanon, Carles, Iloilo.
* M/BCA 3 KINGS – owned and operated by Mermin Borres with three crew members from Brgy. Asluman, Carles, Iloilo.
*Unnamed motorboard owned and operated by Sandy Neminzo with one crew from Brgy. Borongon, San Dionisio, Iloilo.
The fishermen violated Section 9.06 and 9.09 of Concepcion Municipal Ordinance No. 1, series of 2008 that provide penalties for fishing without permit and unregistered fishing boat.
The second was composed of 16 crew members of motorboat Toto Jabie that was arrested for using modified drift trawl locally known as “palukso” without permit.
M/BCA Toto Jabie was owned and operated by Roselyn Buncad and piloted by Jonathan Buncad, both were resident of Brgy. San Fernando, Carles, Iloilo.
“This type of fishing is a modification of trawl and push net with the use of lights as fish aggregating device,” Panes said referring to “palukso” as a new type of fishing gear.
Earlier this May, the task force also apprehended fishermen using the forbidden round haul seine or “sinsoro” in Brgy. Polopiña, Concepcion.
They were onboard M/BCA MJ (owned by Elena Sicad and piloted by Efren Guiñez) and M/BCA Mildred (owned by Mildred Leong and piloted by Franklin Aldaya).
Each owner paid a compromise fine of P5,000 and their motorboat and pilot were released thereafter.
The task force also grounded a hulbot-hulbot motorboat in Brgy. Bayas, Estancia but they failed to arrest the four fishermen onboard it.