NINE commercial fishing vessels were apprehended by fisheries law enforcers of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and other agencies in the river of Barangay Tapucan in Mauban, Quezon before the end of 2020.
The fishing vessels were employing Danish Seine, locally known as “buli-buli” or “hulbo-bulbot” that is prohibited under local laws because it destroys coral reefs, sea grass beds, and other fishery marine life habitats.
In the morning of December 31, 2020, the commercial fishing vessels were spotted docking in the berthing area of the Tupacan River by a team of fishery law enforcers from the BFAR Region 4A (Calabarzon) office and units from the of Philippine National Police Maritime Group, Philippine Navy, and Philippine Army during their conduct of illegal fishing operation in the said municipality.
“We could not stress enough how proper enforcement of the fisheries laws is beneficial to the overall performance of the Philippine fishery sector. Billions are lost to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and if we truly commit to reduce unsustainable and destructive fishing practices as what the government through the DA-BFAR is doing now, our fisherfolk will truly benefit from this effort,” BFAR National Director Eduardo Gongona said.
BFAR is an agency under the Department of Agriculture (DA).
Two of the nine vessels apprehended had previous record of apprehension.
Hulbot-hulbot is considered a destructive fishing method employing nets connected to sinkers or weights. The use and mere possession of hulbot-hulbot including its paraphernalia is prohibited by under the amended Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) 246-1. SOVEREIGNPH