Mamburao and Zambales fishing boats apprehended in Lubang

You cannot sail your fishing boat towards someone else’s territory. Occidental Mindoro municipalities are on the watch protecting their turf for their own local fishermen. Do this and you’ll end up with number of charges and violations.

For two (2) consecutive nights, the Municipality of Lubang made two apprehensions of fishing boats illegally fishing within their municipal water, March 6 and 7.

The fishing boats were from Brgy. Tayamaan, Municipality of Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro and Calapandayan, Zambales.

FROM THE INSIDE:

March 6, 2020

According to a post at Facebook group named Karagatan Patrol by a netizen with the handle Mark Lancelot Mendoza, bright lights were sighted around five o’clock in the morning (5:00am) within Brgy. Binacas’ environs. This prompted Lubang Fishery Enforcement Team and Lubang Municipal Police Station to immediate conduct seaborne patrol at the Western Seaboard of Lubang Island.

Catching up with the suspicious boat, the team was able to apprehend FBca JOHN’S LEI 2 from Brgy. Tayamaan.

Accordingly, when asked for documents, the captain of the fishing boat failed to present any document that would support the legality of their operation including permit or license from Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

FBca JOHN’S LEI 2’s crew were also unlicensed.

Its boat workers include:

  • Donal Nueva Brillo
  • Leopleo De Asis Cabalagnan, Jr.
  • Eriech Caringal Ordinario
  • Nestor Mendez Paternal
  • Rogelio Mozo Bartolay
  • Eleazar Brillo Villa
  • Jomer Sadloy Medez
  • Alfie Lacson Francisco

Fines were labeled against the crew. Their fish catch were also confiscated.

FISHING BOAT
The fishing boat from Brgy. Tayamaan, Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by Mark Lancelot Mendoza.

The post however did not mention if the boat was impounded.

March 7, 2020

The following night, Mayor Michael Orayani rushed to the shore of Brgy. Tangal to lead the combined elements of BFAR, Lubang PNP headed by Chief of Police Ian Howell Bayla, Mark Lancelot Mendoza, Brgy. Tangal officials, Bantay Dagat, and municipal employees to check on another report of presence yet another fishing boat in municipal waters.

Mayor Orayani was tipped by residence of Cabra Island that a fishing boat was spotted in the area.

Their operation resulted to the apprehension of FBca MAC LAURINCE fishing boat from Calapandayan, Zambales.

It is now under the custody of Lubang PNP for further investigation.

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