PNP maritime police run after illegal fishermen PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 11:36

By Allen Abastillas

 

The PNP’s Regional Maritime Unit 9 has intensified its operation against illegal fishing in the region.

Supt. Salbino C. Piad,  RMU-9 chief, disclosed that his men regularly conduct seaborne patrol operations in Sacol and Eleven islands to ensure that illegal fishing would not destroy the sea environment.

Piad because of the series of operations in the area, iIllegal fishermen have moved their nefarious activities to the sea boundary of Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga City.

Two unregistered Palakaya boats werre seized in the high sea of Zamboanga Sibugay by PNP Maritime operatives last December for illegal fishing. The case is being handled by the province’s Bantay Dagat Task Force in relation to their ordinance.

In another development, RMU 9 also intensified its monitoring seaborne operations  on commercial fishing vessels along from the sea lanes of Dapitan City to Sulu Sea in connection with sardine fishing ban. The ban started on the first week of November 2015 and will continue till the first week of March 2016 as enforced by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-9.

“Mostly big commercial fishing vessels are docked in the wharves of canning factories in Zamboanga City,” Piad said.

Meanwhile, Piad disclosed that RMU 9 conducted a free medical-dental outreach program last December in Sta. Cruz Island.

“ Nagpasalamat po sa amin ang mga tao doon dahil sa libre na medical outreach. Sabi po nila nahirapan sila magpaconsulta sa hospital at mahal ang gamot. If we have extra funds, we will do it again in coastal barangays in the city”, Piad said.

The free  medical outreach is being carried out in partnership with the Zamboanga City Hospitals and Pharmacies Association and doctor-friends of RMU 9. —  Allen Abastillas