A seaborne operation led by BFAR Fisheries Resources Protection Group resulted to a hot pursuit of a fishing vessel that was allegedly using modified danish seine fishing gear or locally known as hulbot-hulbot.
The said pursuit took place on the morning of April 1, 2020 at about 05:23 AM along the waters of Samar Sea. As the BFAR8 law enforcers were still hot on their tail, the crew of the vessel dropped the scarelines of their gear and soon after abandoned the vessel with its body hull filled with water at the area of Brgy. Real, Daram, Samar.
The FRPG team has initiated to afloat the drowned vessel. Further, the unknown suspects are in violation of section 115 of RA 8550 as amended by RA 10654 or Obstruction to Fishery Law Enforcement Officer & Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) No. 246-1 series of 2018 amending FAO 246 on the Banning of the Operation of Danish Seine and Modified Danish Seine in Philippine Waters.
The team is on the hunt for its crew and is also in the process of identifying the owner based on the evidence that was gathered on the abandoned fishing vessel.
In the middle of this great pandemic, our fishery resources are an important asset in our survival as a nation, thus, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources continues to safeguard and protect our marine treasures as a spark of hope for us all.