La Union authorities seize truck load of illegally-caught fish

La Union authorities seize truck load of illegally-caught fish

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union– A truck full of alleged blasted round scad fish, weighing 810 kilograms with a market value of Php 76,900, was confiscated from transporters following a tip relayed by informants to city authorities here Monday morning.

Photo by Erwin Beleo/
Photo for Northbound Philippines News Online by Erwin Beleo/

The fish, placed in 27 crates, came all the way from Salomague, Ilocos Sur and was found to be positively caught through underground explosion, according to fish examiner Dolores Gurtiza.

ILLEGAL FISHING – Dolores Gurtiza, fish inspection, shows some of the evidences illegal dynamited fish that about 891-kilos of round scad or locally known as ‘galunggong’ confiscated Monday (July 4, 2016) by the city fisheries where transported to the city auxiliary wet market in San Fernando City, La Union, from Cabugao, Ilocos Sur. (Photo by: ERWIN G. BELEO)
Dolores Gurtiza, fish examine, look for indication of dynamite fishing on the round scad or galunggong confiscated. Erwin Beleo/

City Agriculture Office aquaculturist Florycel Obena said that the owner of the fish, Bobby Barba of Barangay Catbangen, here, will pay a penalty of Php 5,000 in accordance with the provision of the City Fishery Ordinance.

The truck named, Amelia Fish Dealer, was not liable for the violation, according to Obena because it was only rented by the fish owner to transport it to the San Fernando auxiliary wet market.

The fish, locally kwon as “palapal” (decapterus macarellus) will be distributed to charitable institutions, such as the city jail and social and medical establishments, it was learned. Vic Alhambra, Jr. and William Garcia/