DAGUPAN CITY – The Philippine Navy and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources are set to file a case against three Vietnamese fishing vessels caught poaching in Philippine territorial waters off Vigan City, on Wednesday night.
FOREIGN BOATS. Two of the three Vietnamese fishing boats caught poaching in the West Philippine Sea off Vigan City, are docked at Sual fish port for safekeeping. YOLANDA SOTELO
BFAR Ilocos Regional Director Nestor Domenden said the Vietnamese fishing vessels which were apprehended by the Philippine Navy, were tugged to the Salomague Port in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur.
He said the BFAR-Fishery Law Enforcement is already done with the documentation work and is waiting for affidavits from the Navy so the two agencies can file the cases of illegal fishing against the Vietnamese fishermen.
The Philippine Navy patrol boat was on its way to pick up the BFAR Quick Response Team at the Salomague Port for a joint operation, when it chanced upon the Vietnamese vessels.
The Vietnamese vessels (BD 95386 TS, BD 07467 TS and BD 92206 TS) with a total of 17 crew members, would be brought to the San Fernando City port for better disposition of the case.
Domenden said the crew members would be limited on board their vessels and would be under the supervision of the Navy.
Under Republic Act 10654 (An act to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing), poaching by foreign persons, corporation or entity to fish or operate in Philippinewaters.
It is punishable to up to $2.4 million, or its equivalent to Philippine currency.