CAMP OLIVAS, City of San Fernando, Pampanga – Joint operatives arrested eight individuals engaging in unauthorized dynamite fishing off Limay, Bataan.
In a report to Police Regional Office 3 director Brig. Gen. Jose Hidalgo Jr., arrested were alias “Bernaldo,” alias “Maceda,” alias “Tapion,” alias “Punay” and four others whose names were being verified.
Bernardo, Maceda, Tapion and the two others were on an unmarked fishing boat when caught while those apprehended onboard F/B Pam-Dave were Punay and two others.
The suspects were caught collecting dead fish called alubaybay, which was later confirmed by a fish examiner from the Provincial Agriculturist Office of Bataan as product of dynamite fishing.
Authorities confiscated 200 grams of alubaybay fish valued at P9,800, three fish finders with a total value of P45,000, six sets of fine fish nets valued at P42,000, and three motorized fishing boats worth P150,000.
Joint personnel of the Limay police, Limay Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (FARMC), and the Bantay Dagat launched the operation.
“The entire PRO3 police force remains committed to the resolute enforcement of our intensified anti-crime campaign in Central Luzon,” Hidalgo said.
The arrested suspects will be charged with violation of Section 92 of Republic Act 10654 or An Act to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate, Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing.