An enforcement officer of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) holds up two fresh juvenile sharks from a seized container on May 20, 2019, at the Delpan Wharf in Manila. (Photo courtesy of the PCG)

A ship carrying illegally caught fish and other endangered species worth P3.2 million were seized by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) early this week.

The PCG in a post on its Facebook page said Merchant Vessel Alejandra, carrying about 240 fish containers, left Linapacan, Palawan on May 19 en route to Delpan Wharf in Manila when their personnel and those by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) seized the ship the next day.

The PCG report showed that of the 162 containers that were examined, 79 were filled with fish that were caught through dynamite fishing while another was filled with stingrays and sharks.

The containers with fish caught through legal means were turned over to concerned consignees while the others that came from dynamite fishing were given to charitable institutions, the report said.

Those found to be endangered species will be re-subjected to further investigation, the PCG said.

The Coast Guard Medical Service arrived in Delpan and conducted an initial check-up on the 10 crew members who were brought to Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center for final physical and medical examination.


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