TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: Three fishermen were charged for allegedly using sodium cyanide in the collection of aquarium fishes off Santa Ana town waters, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Region 2 office here said. Jerome Tuddao, BFAR’s Fisheries Regulation Officer, said the complaint was filed before the provincial prosecutor’s office in Aparri town against Christopher Ladesa, Dexter Roaya and JR Botalid. Tuddao reported that his team was conducting seaborne patrol when they chanced upon the suspects using pipes and compressor in fishing. The fishes tested positive for cyanide by the BFAR Cyanide Detection Test Laboratory. If found guilty, the fishermen will be fined P30,000 and meted from five to 10 years’ imprisonment under Section 92 of Republic Act 10654, which prohibits the use of harmful chemicals in fishing.
LEANDER C. DOMINGO