Viet poachers pay compromise fine
TUGUEGARAO CITY, CAGAYAN – Seven Vietnamese fishermen who were apprehended for poaching in August last year, have paid a compromise fine amounting to three hundred thousand pesos, thereby settling their administrative case filed before the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
The payment of compromise fine is in addition to the confiscation of their fishing vessel reportedly worth millions of pesos.
The Vietnamese were aboard their fishing vessel PY96392TS, when they were apprehended by elements of the BFAR and Philippine Coast Guard manning the DA BFAR Multi-Mission Offshore Vessel 5001. The Vietnamese were apprehended last August 17, 2018 northwest of Dalupiri Island in the Calayan Group of Islands, north of this province.
The Vietnamese were identified as Nguyen Duc Teang (Boat Capt.) Le Van Nhanil, Cao Minh Tan, Nguyen Viet Cong, Nguyen Viet Thanh, Tra Minh Trung, and Dang Ngoc Trung.
BFAR RO2 Regional Director Dr. Nelson Bien said that the Vietnamese fishing vessel will be utilized for research purposes. The Director earlier expressed regret over the vast but unutilized deep sea resources of the region.
Utilizing the Vietnamese boat for research, would be one way of unlocking the untapped fishery resources of Region 02, the Director said.
BFAR RO2 FMRED Chief Atty. Arsenio Bañares said that the settling of the administrative case thru payment of compromise fine is advantageous to the government considering the make and condition of the vessel which was constructed only in 2016. “The boat plus their monetary penalty, is dissuasive enough,” Bañares said.
In their apprehension report, Chruschev Paul De Peralta, one of the BFAR RO2 enforcers said that the foreign vessel was stationary at the time of apprehension and was conducting fishing operations as evidenced by its light attractants that were turned on.
However, upon approaching the vessel, de Peralta said that its crew tried to evade by turning off their light and cutting their fishing lines.
BFAR RO2 FMRED Chief Atty. Arsenio Bañares said that with the resolution of the administrative case, the offenders will be released, pending clearance from other concerned agencies. (max prudencio BFAR RO2)