Eight fishermen were arrested on Friday for alleged illegal fishing activities in Agutaya town.
The fishers were caught in the act of using a compressor and mesh nets, which are prohibited. The suspects were aboard FBca Von Nicko, powered by two Mitsubishi 6D14 engines with serial numbers 6D14-187026 and 6D14-29786.
One unit of a compressor with complete accessories and around 70 kilograms of assorted fish were recovered from the identified fishermen.
Charges were filed for violating Municipal Ordinance No. 29, or the ban on the use of compressor in fishing; and Municipal Ordinance No. 30, or unauthorized entry of transient fisherman to catch and gather marine products within the vicinity of Agutaya waters.
P/Lt. Ismael Historillo, acting chief of police of Agutaya Municipal Police Station (MPS), in a report issued Friday, named four alleged illegal fishers caught in Barangay Maracanao including Rogelio Novella Ramirez, 47; Ronilo Lachica Ontog, 45; John Art Solis Regalado, 26; Marlon Solis Enero, 36; all of whom were residents of Barangay Caminawit, in San Jose town of Occidental Mindoro province.
In an earlier seaborne operation conducted on June 10, four fishers were caught fishing within the municipal waters of Barangay Algeciras without necessary permits. Named suspects were EB Jay Estrebilla Labitoria, 32; Leomar Estrebilla Labitoria, 27; Melvin Jabana Labitoria, 37; Arlie June Sobrino Manlangit, 25.
Upon interception, the fishermen were unable to present pertinent papers from the proper authorities. They were apprehended aboard one motorized banca named FBca Josh Zaniel powered by three Kama 18 horsepower (HP) engines.
Municipal councilor Joey Zumaraga, in a separate interview Saturday, commended the police officers and the Bantay Dagat officials for their “continuous efforts” in securing illegal fishing activities within the municipal waters of Agutaya.
“Sa mga illegal fisherman, huwag na kayong mag-isip o magbalak na pumasok sigurado na huhulihin kayo ng aming mga enforcers,” Zumaraga said.