Illegal Fishing in Balabac killed a Fisherman
[Credits : Ben C. Solomon/The New York Times ] A fisherman throwing a homemade bomb into the sea to blast fish and scoop up their remains.

It is necessary to prohibit these towards the environment. To conserve nature from extinction, we must protect it and should follow the law.

In the land, there is illegal logging, an action that causes deforestation that could harm the animals living in the forest and could worsen the flash floods and other nature-related disasters. Just like in the woods, marine life is essential to us. The coral reefs served as a home of unmatured fishes and a place where other fishes lay their eggs that can be disrupted or killed because of improper fishing. This problem has been around in previous years. Even though the government has established a law to protect marine life from illegal fishing, fishers still take risks to capture more fish in lesser hours. One of the few unlawful fishing techniques is by using a stick of dynamite.

On April 1, anglers used dynamite to catch more fishes in Barangay Indalawan, Balabac. Unfortunately, the dynamite took the life of the 18-year-old Bayboy Ticar, while his two acquaintances named Magkaria Asmad and Abdal Tibing were injured and currently in the hospital in Brooke’s Point. These three are residents from Barangay Melville and in Lucbuan, Mangsee.

According to the Barangay Captain Hon. Habiron P. Bacar of Indalawan strongly advised the residents to not engage in illegal fishing and using bongbong (dynamite) because it is a risk for their lives and was against the law. But he noticed that other anglers are fond of it and jumped into different barangays to do the same thing.

“Nagkaroon pa kami ng barangay assembly, nabanggit ko din ang mga pamamaraan ng iligal na pangingisda, mabilis man kasi ang paghuli. Pero kapag minalas-malas kayo, sabi ko sa kanila, mabilis din ang buhay natin. Binanggit ko na sa mga tao na huwag na mag-illegal fishing dahil bawal at konti na lang ang isda natin. Tapos nagbongbong naman sila sa ibang barangay.” Bacar stated.

Meanwhile, the 2nd Special Operations Unit-Maritime Group will continuously do the seaborne patrol and make law enforcement operations. Most especially in Balabac and top places or barangays with higher numbers in using the illegal fish catching techniques.

Dynamite fishing includes in Blast Fishing, one of the illegal techniques used to catch fish. It destroys the coral reefs, nesting ground, small fishes’ homes, and the food chain. The coral reefs will take years to recover from damages due to this. The Republic Act of 10654, also known as The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 is an act to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing. The law forbids the fishermen to use illegal fishing and violators would face charges against the law.

Aside from this report, a diver went off to the sea before this accident happened and has witnessed illegal fishing. He heard three explosions while he was under the water and saw a boat nearby which he believes to be the dynamite users.

References

nytimes.com
palawan-news.com
officialgazette.gov.ph


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