DAGUPAN CITY – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) filed a case against a barangay captain who owns a a commercial fishing vessel (CFV) in the Lingayen Gulf, which was caught using illegal fishing gear Danish seine, locally known as bulibuli.
The use of buli-buli has been prohibited under BFAR Fishery Ordinance 246 since September 2013, and the BFAR stopped issuing fishing clearance to CFVs using Danish seine which is a a destructive fishing gear, last February.
The BFAR law enforcement-quick response team caught the CFV Julie Ann 1, using bulibuli about five kilometers off Binmaley town, and chased it until they reached the river bank beside the consignacion (wholesale) market in Dagupan City.
The CFV is owned by Pantal, Dagupan City barangay captain Julie Ann Perez. The BFAR also filed anti-illegal fishing against the top three officias of the vessel.
The Julie Ann 1 is the first CFV apprehended by the BFAR in the Ilocos Region since the ban, although there are reports that other CFVs stll using the illegal gear are still seen in the Lingayen Gulf.
“We tried to stop the vessel somewhere in the gulf, but it refused until it docked in the Pantal River,” Elino Victorio, team leader of the seabourne patrol.
The BFAR, assisted by the Philippine Maritime Police, apprehended the 16 personnel of the vessel and seized the fishing gears and the fish.
The vessel yielded 20 tubs (banyeras) of diferrent fish species. Each tub contains around 30 kilos of fish. The fish were later distributed to government hospitals and charity facilities in the city.
The BFAR filed cases of violation of two provisions of Republic Act 10654.
One is section 86 which is unauthorized fishing though use of gears without license or permit from the Department of Agricuture or the local government unit.
The other is section 95 which is the use of active gear such as buli-buli.