PCG: The fishing season for sardines in several parts of Mindanao has officially closed.
The send-off ceremony last Thursday December 1 observed the Administrative Circular 255 of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) which orders the closing season on sardines fishing in the waters of East Sulu Sea, Basilan Strait and Sibuguey Bay as a conservation measure implemented during the spawning season of tunsoy (fimbricated sardines), tamban (Indian sardines), and tulis(round herring).
It was participated in by local fishermen, canneries and various local government units.
The three-month fishing ban covers 22,260 square kilometers of municipal and national waters of Zamboanga del Norte, the south and eastern Zamboanga City, and the southern portion of Zamboanga Sibugay.
The send-off ceremony was highlighted with the marching of maglayag to which the aligned troops marched towards their respective vessels and set sail on different zones covering the areas for sardines fishing ban.
PCG: Two fishermen were apprehended by the Coast Guard last Friday for poisoning fish at the municipal waters of Malapatan, Sarangani Province.
The suspects identified as Richard Gillo-Ano, 43; and Generoso Talugas, 50, were using a poisonous substance locally known as lagtang to attract and catch fish.
They were arrested by the joint maritime patrol team of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Malapatan and Deputized Fish Warden of LGU Malapatan for the violation of Republic Act 10654 Section 92, otherwise known as "Fishing Through Explosives, Noxious or Poisonous Substance or Electricity".
Investigations revealed that Gillo-Ano and Talugas were onboard a moored Fish Aggregating Device five nautical miles off Barangay Lun Padidu in Malapatan, Sarangani. The inspecting team discovered a pail of fish caught using lagtang.
The apprehended fishermen were turned-over to PNP Malapatan for custody and further investigation.