LOOK: Joint seaborne operations conducted by the Fisheries Resource Protection Groups (FRPG) of the DA-BFAR Central Office and DA-BFAR Regional Office IVA in the waters of Balayan Bay, Batangas last July 24, 2020 resulted in the apprehension of eight (8) commercial fishing vessels.
The fishing vessels identified as FB John Joshua, FB Saka na Mahal, and FB Lady Thriscia were found to have violated Sections 86 (Unauthorized Fishing), 95 (Use of Active Gear in Municipal Waters, Bay and other Fishery Management Areas), and 113 (Commercial Fishing Vessel Operators employing Unlicense Fisherfolk, Fishworker or Crew) of the Amended Fisheries Code or RA 10654. In addition to said violations, FB Corales 1, FB John Ron, FB Angelo (Parners), FB Aper, and FB Kim Joshua 1 also incurred a violation of Section 89 (Unreported Fishing) of the same law.
All vessels had been escorted to Forward Station Sangley Point for processing and investigation.
The DA-BFAR continues to call on the public to report and provide reliable information of any witnessed IUU fishing activities to your respective BFAR Regional Offices and Local Government Units.