Endangered sea shells seized Print
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 17:34

Authorities confiscated assorted banned sea shells stocked in a residential house in Sta. Catalina last Monday afternoon.

Police said that several sacks and cartons containing sea shells were found at the house of a certain Lipae Adjuri during a conduct of house visitation and house profiling.

A police report showed that the said activity was conducted by operatives of the Zamboanga City Public Safety Company along with the Barangay Council of Sta. Catalina.

While conducting regular house visitation and house profiling, the police and barangay officials were able to notice the stock pile of sacks and cartons containing assorted sea shells.

Hence, the team coordinated with the City Agriculture Office and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources which confirmed that the sea shells were banned and endangered.

During the inventory, authorities found out that there were at least five sacks mop shells; five sacks frog shells; one sack of trochus nilaticos shells; one carton of tiger cowrie shells; one carton of tiger conch shells; one carton of murex shells; three pieces Triton Shells (Charonic tritonis); three pieces Melon Shells; one piece Helmet Shell (Cassis cornuta) and Black Seapan Shell.

The seized sea shells are now in the custody of BFAR office for proper disposition. – Dan Toribio