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Friday, January 20, 2023

Fisherman in Siargao detained for illegal fishing

BUTUAN CITY -- Police authorities of San Isidro town in Siargao Island, province of Surigao del Norte on Wednesday (January 18) successfully arrested a suspect for illegal fishing using illicit equipment.

Tonera Bonares from Purok 3, Barangay Del Carmen was caught red-handed engaging in unlawful fishing using “lampornas” or fine mesh nets in a fish sanctuary in Barangay Tigasao of the said town. Bonares was arrested for violating the Municipal Ordinance No. 2015-01, otherwise known as the San Isidro Municipal Fisheries Code.

Five kilograms of fish with an estimated market value of Php1,250 were confiscated from the suspect along with one sea goggle, one set of fishnet with an estimated market value of Php600, one pair of improvised flippers, and one improvised spear gun.

The authorities levied a fine of P1,000 on the fisherman for his infraction.

Police Colonel Laudemer M. Laude, chief of the Surigao del Norte Police Provincial Office (SDNPPO), lauded the efforts of the San Isidro MPS for the successful apprehension of the suspect.

“I applaud the police force of San Isidro MPS for their active response to control illegal fishing activities in the area because illegal fishing weakens efforts to manage fisheries sustainably and threatens food and livelihood security in coastal communities,” said the provincial director.

“This illegal fishing activity is part of our directive to protect and safeguard the province’s marine and aquatic resources,” he added.

The arrested suspect and confiscated items are presently in the custody of San Isidro MPS for proper disposition. (PCpl Gladys L. Jangao, SDNPPO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)