Through the strengthened effort of the Bureau towards an IUUF (Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing) free Eastern Visayas in the midst of the pandemic threat, the FRPG (Fisheries Resource Protection Group) 8 was able to apprehend another commercial fishing vessel using trawl fishing method in Caibiran, Biliran yesterday.
The suspected violators who are residents of Daram, Samar allegedly violated Sections 86 (Unauthorized Fishing), 93 (Use of Fine Mesh Net), and 95 (Use of Active Gear in Municipal Waters, Bays and Other Fishery Management Areas) of the Philippine Fisheries Code. They are to face an administrative fine of P50, 000 to P 100,000 and imprisonment of six (6) months to two (2) years upon conviction by a court of law.
Further, the apprehending team confiscated and impounded a 20 meter-fishing net and 140-kilogram pair of otter board from the alleged violators. The team is now on the process of preparing the necessary documents for the filing of appropriate charges.