To protect its municipal waters from abuse, 38 fishermen were sanctioned by the Municipal Government of Concepcion for not following the law. A total of P45,000 fines were slapped against the erring fishers who promised not to use trawl and round haul seine again within 15 kilometers from the town’s coastline. Police Officer 3 Charlie Asturias said the use of active gears in municipal waters violates section 95 of Republic Act 10654, the act amending the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 and sec. 9.06 of Municipal Ordinance No. 1 series of 2008. The Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force have apprehended the fishermen onboard 10 motorboats in three separate operations held off the coasts of Barangay Poblacion, Bago Alas, and Malangabang Islands in Concepcion.

Source: Sun Star