The Wildlife Trafficking Monitoring Unit (WTMU) of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) on Monday, September 6 seized four (4) boxes of regulated fish species listed under PCSD Administrative Order No. 5, as amended.
According to the report of PCSD, the said boxes which contained Leopard Coral Trout or Grouper, locally known as Suno were apprehended from Mr. Kenneth Santiago, a resident of Brgy. Sta Monica.
PCSD added, Mr. Santiago has no Wildlife Special Use Permit (WSUP) from PCSD thus Santiago’s possession and transportation of the herein-mentioned reef-fish-for-food (RFF) species is alleged to be in violation of the September 5-9 “closed season.”
Aside from the specified dates provided by PCSD Administrative 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 Republic Act No. 9147 or the Wildlife Act that further imposes the practice of sustainable fishing in Palawan.
The incident has already been reported to PCSDS Legal Services Section for the filing of appropriate case/s against Santiago.
The said boxes of Suno were seized at the Puerto Princesa International Airport.