Monday, September 7, 2015

Cops, volunteer sea guards nab 7 illegal fishers in 3 Bicol provinces

CAMP GEN. SIMEON A. OLA, Legazpi City, Sept. 5 (PNA) – Bicol police and volunteer men composing the Bantay Dagat arrested seven persons for violation of RA 8550 (Illegal Fishing) in the seawaters of Sorsogon, Camarines Sur and Masbate, a report released by this camp said Saturday.

On Thursday, the Team of Bantay Dagat of the local government unit of Magallanes, led by Leoncio A. Tripon, personally turned over to Magallanes Municipal Police Station suspects Arjinel H. Amador, 22, single; Maclicio A. Bruza, 22 and single; and Areste A. Bruza, 27 and single -- all fishermen and residents of Sitio Santa Lourdes, Barangay Biga, Magallanes, Sorsogon.

The team claimed it caught the three suspects illegally fishing at the seawaters off Parolang Saday, Barangay Biga, Magallanes, Sorsogon with the use of air compressor and without the necessary permit to operate at the area.

Recovered from their possession and control were one motorized banca, color brown, with 6.5HP marine kenbo engine; one stainless rod with propeller, one air compressor tank, one bundle plastic hose, two underwater flashlights, two spear guns, two goggles, one paddle, five flippers, two sinaya, one knife and assorted fish, more or less one kilo.

The suspects are now all under detention.

Also on the same day, members of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council caught three persons illegally fishing at the municipal waters of Sitio Maligaya, Barangay Sabang, Calabanga, Camarines Sur.

Arrested were Joven L. Mirasol, Rowel A. Mirasol, and Eduardo L. Mirasol Jr. -- all fishermen and residents of Barangay Pandan, Cabusao, Camarines Sur.

Confiscated from the suspects were one motorized fishing boat, fishing nets and assorted species of catch fish.

The seized fish and fishing paraphernalia are now in the custody of the apprehending officers while the suspects were turned over to the custody of Calabanga MPS for proper disposition.

Earlier on Wednesday, members of the Cawayan MPS conducted seaborne operation along the seawaters of Barangay Naro, Cawayan, Masbate and arrested Elmer V. Loyloy whom they caught engaging in illegal fishing with the use of dynamite.

The CMPS already filed a case of violation of Sec. 88 of RA 8550 (Illegal Fishing) against Loyloy before the Masbate City Prosecutor’s Office, docketed under NPS Nr. V-04-INQ-15H-01024 on Sept 3, 2015 through inquest proceedings. (PNA) RMA/FGS/EMC/CBD/ssc