The Vietnamese fishermen who were recently charged for illegal entry and poaching within Philippine territory.

The eight Vietnamese fishermen who were apprehended off the waters of Mangsee Island on September 27 had been charged by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in the local court for illegal entry and allegedly poaching assorted species of marine wildlife.

The PCSD said Monday in a post that they were charged for violating Republic Act 8550 or the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 as amended by R.A. 10654.

Seized from their possession were 11 spotted white wedge fish, three pieces of unknown shark skin, two unidentified shark jaws, and three unknown species of ray, and a blacktip shark inside the Vietnamese’s 32-meter long vessel.

The PCSD Staff said the Council also filed charged them for violating Section 27(f) of R.A. 9147 or the “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act” that prohibits “collecting, hunting or possessing wildlife, their by-products, and derivatives.”

PCSD Staff ERED officer-in-charge Levita Lagrada said they and other law enforcement groups are continuously combating wildlife-related crimes by strengthening coordination and empowering local communities and partners.

She added that the establishment of PALAWEN, an interagency network for wildlife law enforcement, and the development of digital tools such BRAIN will help make the monitoring and reporting system more efficient.