5 vessels apprehended in Palawan for illegal fishing

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), together with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), apprehended five fishing boats in the waters off Constancia Shoal and Pasig Shoal in Roxas, Palawan due to illegal fishing on November 22.

PCG photo

“The crew were caught using air compressor as breathing apparatus in gathering marine products which is a violation of Republic Act (RA) 10654 or The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 which bans the use of active fishing gears such as air compressor because it also catches smaller fish,” the PCG said.

It noted that according to RA 10654, the owner or operator of the apprehended fishing boats shall be fined up to ₱20,000 each, upon the discretion of the court.