Fish caught with explosives, FARAB confirms

More than half a ton of assorted fish in nine (9) containers were illegally caught, affirmed the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Adjudication Board (FARAB).

Yesterday, December 2, 2015, the Cebu Provincial Anti-Illegal Fishing Task Force (CPAIFTF) intercepted a delivery truck in Carmen carrying 630 kilos of reportedly blasted fish valued at P126T. Five (5) persons aboard the truck, claiming to be warehouse caretakers were also arrested.

Task force head Marcelo Go said there were twenty-eight (28) boxes in the truck, nineteen (19) of them were found negative by licensed fish examiner Rudillo Codilla thus returned to the owner.

During examination, Codilla’s findings showed that “blood is oozing in the operculum (punga); internal organs are protruding from the vent; gas bladder is busted and filled with blood; (and) internal organs are crushed and mixed with blood,” referring to the manifestations of dynamite explosion.

Travelling with the crates of fish were Cecilio Estenzo (driver), Rajina Destura, Charito Villanueva, James Lusa, and Londong Binco, who all denied ownership of the cargo.

The Republic Act 10654 amends the Fisheries Code with higher penalties declaring 6 (six) years of imprisonment for violators. For transporting dynamited fish, a fine of P5,000 per kilo will be imposed under Provincial Ordinance 2012-5, according to Go.

FARAB is yet to declare the cases to be filed. Shayne Carrillo (USJ-R AB English Intern)