600 ki­los ‘dy­na­mited' fish seized at PPC Int'l Air­port

Palawan News - - CITY - By Gillian Faye Ibañez Re­porter

About 600 kilo­grams of as­sorted “dy­na­mited” fish were in­ter­cepted by author­i­ties Mon­day morn­ing at the cargo area of the Puerto Princesa City In­ter­na­tional Air­port (PPCIA). Op­er­a­tives of the Fish In­spec­tion and Quar­an­tine Sec­tion (FIQS) led by Krismo Alonte of the Bureau of Fish­eries and Aquatic Re­sources (BFAR) found the fish in­side 12 sty­ro­foam boxes on Septem­ber 10. Fish ex­am­iner Peter Paul Paalan of the BFAR Pro­vin­cial Fish­eries Of­fice, who con­ducted an on-the-spot sci­en­tific ex­ami- na­tion, con­firmed it was caught through blast fish­ing. Mario Basaya, BFAR-Palawan head said they turned over the fish to the Bureau of Jail Man­age­ment and Penol­ogy (BJMP) as a dona­tion with cor­re­spond­ing ac­knowl­edg­ment re­ceipt. The owner of the il­le­gal car­goes was iden­ti­fied by author­i­ties as Su­san Mag­datu, who will face charges for vi­o­lat­ing Sec­tion 126 of Repub­lic Act 10654 or the “pos­sess­ing, deal­ing in or dis­pos­ing of il­le­gally caught or taken fish.” Vi­o­la­tors face an ad­min­is­tra­tive fine rang­ing from P50,000 and above, and upon con­vic­tion by a court of law, six months to two years of im­pris­on­ment.

(Photo cour­tesy of BFAR MIMAROPA)

Fish In­spec­tion and Quar­an­tine Sec­tion (FIQS) staff and Bureau of Fish­eries and Aquatic Re­sources (BFAR)-Palawan per­son­nel check the 12 boxes that con­tain 600 ki­los of dy­na­mited fish at the Puerto Princesa City In­ter­na­tional Air­port (PPCIA) on Mon­day, Septem­ber 10, 2018.

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