903rd Maritime Police apprehends fishing boat Print
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 16:06

The 903rd  Maritime Police Station based in Pagadian City Zamboanga del Sur is set preparing to file a case against a commercial fishing for violation of Republic Act 10654, otherwise known as the Fishing Code of the Philippines.

Supt. Salbino Piad, Chief Regional Maritime Police Unit-9, said that while troopers of the 903rd Maritime Police Station in Pagadian headed by SPOI Leonardo Daleon were conducting a seaborne patrol operation at around 5:00 a.m. in the morning on Sunday in the vicinity of the seawaters of the Municipality of Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur they spotted an unmarked commercial fishing boat illegally fishing within the 15- kilometer municipal seawaters.

The unmarked commercial fishing boat is owned by a certain Czarena, with unknown origin.

According to Supt. Piad, the unmarked commercial fishing boat has no legal documents to fish in the municipal waters which under the law is reserved for marginalized fisherfolks or small-scale fishermen.

During the investigation, the Boat Captain failed to present necessary documents like a Fishing to Operate from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Provincial City Agriculture Office  and Registration from Maritime  Industry Authority-9 ( MARINA-9 ).

Hence, the maritime police apprehended the said vessel.

Presently, it is now anchored in the coastal area of Pitogo under the jurisdiction of the local government unit in the area.

The Maritime Police has intensified its campaign against illegal fishing especially big commercial fishing vessels which are intruding the municipal waters.

Under the law, big commercial fishing boats are prohibited to conduct fishing in the 15-kilimoter municipal waters since they are reserved for small time fishing. (Allen Abastillas)