The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is now filing charges against alleged illegal fishers onboard fishing vessel Andreanne Sarah, who were caught fishing illegally in Linapacan last Monday morning, July 27.
The BFAR said that the fishing vessel was caught during a seaborne operation by their Fishery Resources Protection Group (FRPG) Northern Palawan team led by Senior Fisheries Regulation Officer Rey Templonuevo.
F/V Andreanne Sarah (23.19 gross tonnage) was fishing some 11 nautical miles from the shore of Canaron, part of Linapacan town. They were fishing with the use of lintig or “pa-aling” which is considered as a destructive fishing gear.
The vessel has some 1,500 kilos of dalagang bukid in fish catch.
The operatives found that the suspected illegal fishers violated Section 86a which is unauthorized fishing or fishing without permit, Section 113, commercial fishing employing unlicensed fishworkers/crew, and Section 12 which is use of unlicensed gear of the Republic Act 8550 as amended by Republic Act 10654 also known as Fisheries Code of the Philippines.
“This is in line with the DA-BFAR’s mandate to prevent, deter, and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUUF), ” the BFAR said in a statement.