THE Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force has filed criminal complaint against two suspected fishermen who were caught using hulbot-hulbot or Danish seine.
The complaint for violation of Section 2 of the Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) 246 was filed by Police Officer 3 Charlie Asturias against pilot Joebert Galleno and boat mechanic Joel Mendoza in Iloilo Prosecutor’s Office on Monday, December 5.
Galleno and Mendoza were apprehended along Banate Wharf, 670-meters away from the shoreline, with crews Joelyn Enarsao and Joemel Gustaga on December 3.
Enarsao and Gustaga were released from detention upon identification. The task force only sought for the prosecution of the two highest officials of the motorboat who were residents of San Salvador village, Banate town.
Used as evidences were their motorboat, engine, shafting, propeller and radar and the recovered fishing paraphernalia – Danish seine fishing net, two rolls of scarring line, tom weight, six liters of gasoline and a tub of assorted fishes.
FAO 246 imposes a nationwide ban on the operation of Danish seine and modified Danish seine in Philippine waters.
The task force also filed a separate criminal complaint against five fishermen who were suspected of engaging in dynamite fishing in Bucot Island, Taloto-an village, Concepcion town.
The complaint for violation of Section 92 (Fishing through explosives, noxious or poisonous substance or electricity) of Republic Act 10654 were filed against Zaldy Dejosco, Romel Dionaldo, Romeo Zalazar, Elmer Zalazar, and Rudy Dejoscom.
They were all residents of Buenavista village, Carles.
Recovered from their possession were their motor banca equipped with two engines, three liters of diesel fuel, two shafting, two propeller, radar, air compressor, two rolls of air hose, improvised stainless air tank, three pieces of diving goggles, three pieces of improvised wooden flippers, and three pieces of improvised explosive with blasting cap.
If found guilty, the offenders may be punished by imprisonment of about five to ten years, confiscation of their motorboat and fishing paraphernalia, and fines equivalent to twice the amount of administrative fine.