Three ships were apprehended along the shores of Kinatarcan Island in Sta. Fe town in a Capitol-led anti-illegal fishing operation last Aug. 16.
Some 27 crew members of F/V Rosalinda VIII and another 25 of F/V RAV I were charged with unauthorized fishing, violation of section 86, 89 and 90 of Republic Act 8550.
The Cebu Provincial Anti-Illegal Fishing Task Force (CPAIFTF) headed by Team Leader Security Chief Loy Anthony Madrigal recovered fine mesh nets from the two vessels.
M/L Lourvie III Ship Captain Recardo Daguman Sigon of Zamboangueta, Negros Oriental and 11 crew members were also apprehended. They were caught hauling of endangered species in violation of Section 97 of Republic Act (RA) 8550.
All three vessels were apprehended in a span of three hours from 3 am to 5 am. The fishing vessels and the crew members were detained at the Santa Fe Police Station.
Madrigal’s action came 32 days after Santa Fe municipal officials through a resolution requested the CPAIFTF to conduct an intensive anti-illegal fishing campaign in the town.
The approved resolution sponsored by Ithamar Espinosa read, “The proliferation of these illegal commercial fishers in our town particularly the so-called “Tapay-tapay” somewhat aggravates the poor condition of our fisher folks.”
“Tapay-tapay,” according Bantay Dagat Member Boboy Gilbuena, is another fishing method that involved blast fishing. Gilbuena said one week after the apprehension, the illegal fishers suspended its operations.
But without regular law enforcers in the area, Gilbuena said they expected these groups of fishers to cause destruction on their waters again.