PLGU Quirino leads dismantling of illegal fishing gears
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan – Joint elements of the Office of Provincial Agriculturist and Provincial Fishery Office, along with the Philippine National Police and barangay officials recently dismantled and confiscated a handful of illegal fishing gears in Quirino province.
According to Edgardo Apongol, they were on foot patrol mission in the towns of Nagtipunan and Maddela when they chanced upon the illegal gears.
“Actually we received reports on the rampant use of illegal fishing gears in the area. The operation is also part of the targets under the OPA,” Apongol, Provincial Fishery Law Enforcement Coordinator, said.
Confiscated were four units of ‘tanggar’ or fyke nets and two units of ‘siid’ also known as ‘screen’ (fish trap), specifically in barangays Sangbay, Dipantan, Ponggo and Landingan in Nagtipunan and Abbag in Maddela.
The use of said fishing gears violates Sec. 93 (Use of Fine Mesh Net), Sec. 86 (Unauthorized Fishing) and possibly Sec. 111 (Obstruction to Navigation) of RA 10654 or the Philippine Fisheries Code.
Provincial Fishery Officer Chris Casco, said that the use of said gears also violates an agreement among local officials in Nagtipunan prohibiting the catching of gravid common carp.
It can also be recalled that the use of ‘siid’ or ‘screen’ has been the subject of complaints among fisherfolk and local leaders during Deputy Fish Warden trainings and RA 10654 advocacy campaign conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
The fisherfolk alleged that the said fishing gear causes the small fishes to be caught, even the fingerlings being dispersed by the fisheries agency.
BFAR RO2 Regional Director Dr. Nelson B. Bien said that the bureau welcomes the development and expressed the all-out support of the agency in assisting its local counterparts in the enforcement of fishery laws. (max prudencio BFAR RO2)
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Anti-illegal fishing operation dated Jan. 16, 2019.