The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command (WESCOM) has reported the interception of a fishing boat with 34 Filipino crew allegedly into illegal fishing 8 nautical miles east of Malampaya Natural Gas to Power Project (MNGPP) platform on October 23.
According to WESCOM, Joint Task Force Malampaya reported that while conducting maritime patrol, BRP Carlos Albert (PC 375) spotted the said fishing boat identified as Andrea-3.
The Navy ship intercepted the fishing boat within the interdiction/neutralization zone from the MNGPP Platform at around 12:35 pm.
“After inspection of the fishing boat, it was revealed that its crew were using illegal fishing by method of gear requiring diving and compressor,” WESCOM said.
The Philippine Navy brought the boat to Liminangcong Pier, Taytay, Palawan for turn-over to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and proper disposition.
“This apprehension is a clear example of Western Command’s firm resolve to ensure that maritime laws are upheld in its joint area of operations,” said Lieutenant General Rozzano D. Briguez, WESCOM Commander.
“Team WESCOM continues to conduct maritime security patrols and support to maritime law enforcement in Palawan waters and vital installations, including West Philippine Sea, to ensure that our natural resources and rich biodiversity are protected for future generations,” he added.