OCA revitalizes campaigns vs illegal fishing, colorum bancas PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:59

The local government through the City Agriculturist’s Office has revitalized its campaigns against illegal fishing and unregistered bancas, vintas or motorized pump boats used in fishing ventures within the municipal waters of Zamboanga City.

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat announced this yesterday as he warned the local fisher folks against venturing into illegal modes of fishing, particularly those using explosives (dynamite) and chemicals (cyanide).

He said a team of fishery experts has been organized to regularly monitor, inspect and dissect the fishes sold in all public markets, private supermarkets and flea markets.

“Anybody found selling fish from illegal means and those responsible for illegal fishing will be charged with appropriate criminal cases in court and the fish will be confiscated,” Palacat warned,.

He explained that by doing so the illegal fishers are effectively denied of markets or places where to sell their catch. “We call this a ‘market denial’ strategy in our anti-illegal fishing campaign,” he said.

Meanwhile, the city agriculturist said registration is ongoing for all types of fishing boats either motorized or otherwise, like the bancas (vintas) that tribal folks would use in fishing.

Registration fees ranged from P250 to P450 each banca, depending on the size.

Palacat also warned that fishing, even if such falls within the authorized modes, but done onboard or using a colorum banca is still considered an illegal type of fishing. “Thus, the fisherman will be arrested while his banca and catch, if he had any, will be confiscated as well,” he said.

“We already arrested two illegal fishers last week. They were fishing off Cawa-Cawa Bolevard but their bancas were colorum,” Palacat said.

As this developed, Palacat disclosed that about 250 fishing bancas owned by the internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the transitory sites in Sitio Buguk, Sta. Catalina and Masepla in Mampang were registered with the city government last week.

He said the United Nations Committee on Human Rights (UNCHR) had paid for the registration fees while “the city government through our office assisted and facilitated in the registration process”.— Vic Larato