Fifteen (15) boats suspected of being used in illegal fishing activities in General Luna, Siargao Island have been seized since November last year, an official said. According to Mayor Jaime P. Rusillon these boats were found fishing within the town’s 560-hectare marine sanctuary. The marine sanctuary covers the area from the poblacion to Barangay Malinao. Prudencio Meras III, one of the many local fishermen said the sanctuary has 24/7 security with a watch tower. He said that after the sanctuary was set up late last year fish population has increased in the area. Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource-Caraga identified the area as the largest breeding ground of fish in the town. Rusillon said aside from strengthening the protection of the marine sanctuary, they are also placing artificial reefs. He added he wanted to restore the area’s rich marine flora and fauna. Wilfredo Nohara, 73, a retired fisherman of Barangay Union in Dapa town recalled that when he was still in his 20s this area was full of corals and fish. He said the use of dynamite and other illegal methods of fishing ruined the rich marine resources.

Source: Minda News