Illegal fishing in Eastern Mindanao seaboard has reportedly escalated despite the ban imposed by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. Concerned coastal residents in Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, and Dinagat Islands lamented the failure of officials to put an end to destructive illegal fishing operations despite the ban that took effect last year. The residents call this illegal fishing method as liba-liba (Danish seine fishing) or as hulbot-hulbot.

Source: Manila Bulletin