MARIVELES, Bataan – The Bataan Maritime Group of the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported on Monday the arrest of the boat skippers and crew of two fishing bancas reportedly caught illegally fishing within the municipal waters of Pilar town in this province.
Maj. Leoncio Alcantara Jr., Bataan PNP Maritime Group chief, said nabbed were boat captains Antonio Revira, 54, of fishing boat Asrael Eion; and Ernesto Mayor, 54, of FB Kuya Caloy; both from Hagonoy, Bulacan.
The two boat captains will be charged with the violation of Section 95 on the use of active gear or trawl under Republic Act 10654, or an Act to prevent, deter, and eliminate illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.
Alcantara said they were patrolling the seawaters of Bataan last Friday when they chanced upon the two boats with seven crews each illegally fishing within the municipal waters in the bay of Pilar.
The confiscated pieces of evidence were the two fishing boats and fishing paraphernalia like diesel, fishing nets, and coolers.
Also seized were 50 kilos of assorted fish estimated at PHP22,000. (PNA)