SAN JUAN, La Union – Three crates of scud fish loaded on a closed van truck traveling from Ilocos Sur were seized by the police at a checkpoint along the national highway in Barangay Ili Sur here last Wednesday.
Allegedly caught through the illegal blast or dynamite fishing, the fish known locally as “galunggong, ” weigh at least 120 kilos with an estimated value of at least P20,000.
Senior Inspector Juanito Buaron, Jr., chief of police, identified the driver of the Isuzu Elf truck and owner of the illegal fish as Frederick Rapisura, 38, a resident of Barangay Poro, Masingal, Ilocos Sur.
Municipal agriculturist Margarita C. Santiago, examined the fish and found them positive for powdered chemicals poisonous to the environment.
Dynamite fishing is banned not only in the Philippines but worldwide as the explosion it causes indiscriminately kill the fish and marine life and ultimately destroys the surrounding ecosystem such as coral reefs.
The fish were distributed to charitable institutions in the province, while Rapisura will pay a penalty amounting to P 2,500.00, in accordance with the municipal ordinance fishery code. NPN-northboundasia.com