While the provincial government of Cebu and some environmental organizations continue the advocacy of preserving protected marine species, some fisherfolk and traders have not stopped their illegal activities yet.
This, amid the intensified market denial operations and market inspections of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Fishing Task Force (CPAIFTF) headed by Task Force Operation Officer, Col. Lyndon Ruiz.
During its surprise market inspection at Mandaue Public Market last Wednesday (July 27), CPAIFTF confiscated 45 pieces of stingrays about 36 kilos varied in sizes that cost to around P4, 320.
The confiscated stingrays came from the same vendor warned for selling these protected species last week.
Ruiz said the vendor will be given a subpoena for committing the same violation after being warned.
The owner will also be required to pay corresponding penalties and to report to the CPAIFTF office for thorough lectures, he added.
“The stingrays were bought in Pasil Market. However, the vendor refused to identify the supplier,” said Ruiz.
In light of the recent events, CPAIFTF will continue to conduct more operations to catch illegal traders.
Ruiz said they are looking for more partnerships with key agencies like Bantay Dagat Commission for a relentless enforcement against illegal fishing and other related activities.
CPAIFTF will continue to organize, saturate and educate the public, especially violators, on the importance of preserving and protecting these species through trainings and livelihood advancement programs.
“Our target is that hopefully by the year 2019, the province will be declared as an illegal-fishing-free province,” Ruiz said. (Cris Lanie delos Reyes with CIT-U Comm intern Cassandra Yu)