10 unregistered boats with Danish seines seized in Pangasinan
SAN FERNANDO CITY –– Authorities recently seized ten undocumented commercial fishing boats allegedly using Danish seines, or fishing nets banned under Philippine fishery laws.
Segundina Gaerlan, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Ilocos regional director, said on Monday, Jan. 11, that the agency acted on reports that the boats were operating in the Lingayen Gulf.
Seven of the ten boats were already docked at the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority Port in Sual, when the authorities arrived on Jan. 9, but these were towed to the municipal fishing wharf.
Three boats were still in the Gulf and could not be towed because of low tide.
Found in the vessels were Danish seines, locally known as “hulbot hulbot” or “buli buli,” that are prohibited in Philippine waters under the Fisheries Administrative Order 246-1 issued in 2018.
BFAR has yet to determine the boats’ owners.
Gaerlan said administrative cases would be filed against the boat owners and workers.
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