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4 arrested for illegal fishing in Bulacan

CAMP ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan – Four persons were arrested for illegal fishing in the coastal area of Barangay Masukul, Paombong, this province on Tuesday.

Col. Lawrence Cajipe, director of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office, said on Wednesday that the arrested suspects were identified as Roberto Santos, Alvin Perez, Raymundo Roque and Nazario Roque, all residents of Barangay Sto. Rosario, Hagonoy town.

Cajipe said the suspects, while fishing in the nearby town of Paombong on board their boat, were caught using a motorized push net (troll) by elements of the Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (MFARMC) Bantay-Dagat and Paombong Municipal Police Station.

Recovered from them were the motorized push net and seven coolers containing assorted fish, crabs and shrimps.

Cajipe said criminal charges for violation of Republic Act No. 8550, the Fisheries Code of 1998, are now being prepared for filing against the illegal fishers, who are being held at the Paombong Municipal Police Station. (PNA)