Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Philippine Coast Guard Apprehended Taiwanese Poachers in Cagayan
The agency said that the Taiwanese vessel was spotted by its newly-activated detachment in Calayan on September 20.
Coast Guard said that their detachment responded to the report of local fishermen of Calayan, Cagayan of some "sightings of foreign fishing boats" along their municipal waters.
"The seaborne (Coast Guard) team spotted and apprehended (Taiwanese vessel) Qing Xing BK-6705 approximately two nautical miles East of Brgy. Dilam, Calayan, Cagayan," Coast Guard said in a report.
The vessel tried to escape but Coast Guard pursued and intercepted the fleeing foreign fishing boat.
On board the vessel were four fishermen who are all Taiwanese nationals. These were Liu Rong Tsair, Guu Ming Jong, Huang Ping Ho, and Lee E Ren, the report said.
"Inspection of the vessel's cargo hold showed a considerable volume of fish catch of various Philippine species," Coast Guard said.
The vessel was brought to San Vicente Fishport, in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.
The agency said that they will file appropriate charges for violations of the Republic Act 8550 or Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 in court against the foreign vessel and crew.
Last May, two Taiwanese fishing vessels were also apprehended by the Coast Guard-manned patrol boats owned by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources also along the sea waters of Cagayan.
In 2008, big Taiwanese fishing boats were seen in marine areas and fish sanctuaries in the southern part of the country.