Photos courtesy of PCSDS

The Wildlife Trafficking Monitoring Unit (WTMU) of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) seized Monday four boxes of leopard coral trout or grouper (suno) at Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPIA).

The PCSDS, in an issued statement on September 6, said the suno (Plecctropomus leopardus) were seized from a certain Kenneth Santiago of Barangay Sta. Monica has no wildlife special use permit (WSUP) from the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD).

The PCSD is a multi-sectoral and inter-disciplinary body, which under the law, is charged with the governance, implementation, and policy direction of Republic Act 7611 or the Strategic Environmental Plan for Palawan law.

Suno is a regulated fish species listed under PCSD Administrative Order No. 5, as amended.

“Mr. Santiago’s possession and transportation of the herein-mentioned RFF species is alleged to be in violation of the September 5-9 “closed season,” the PCSDS said.

The incident has already been reported to the PCSDS Legal Services Section for the filing of appropriate case/s against Santiago.

Aside from the specified dates provided by PCSD Admin. Order No. 5, as amended, the open and closed seasons of the RFF are implemented by the Provincial, Municipal, and/or City Government of Palawan. PCSD Admin. Order No. 5, as amended, is a comprehensive regulatory mechanism in accordance with RA 9147 or the Wildlife Act that further imposes the practice of sustainable fishing in Palawan.