Eight fishermen were arrested by the police on Friday morning during a seaborne patrol operation off the waters of a remote village in Camarines Sur, a police report said over the weekend.
Reports reaching the Philippine National Police national operations center in Camp Crame identified the fishermen as Rolando Rodrigo, 28; Telesporo Cano, 35; Minda Encinas, 38; Andres Collat, 50; Celso Valencia, 28; Gerardo Sentura, 65; Miguel Ong, 26, and Elton Colintres, 38.
Camarines Sur Police information officer Senior Supt. Primo Golingay said those arrested were residents of Sagnay town.
Golingay said the fishermen were arrested by police and Sagnay Bantay Dagat officials at around 10:15 a.m. along the seawaters of Barangay Nato.
Golingay said the fishermen were caught using active gear locally known as “sensoro” without registration from the local government unit of Sagnay town.
Confiscated were 22 kilos of assorted fishes while fish samples were taken to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for laboratory examination.
The fishermen were brought to the Sagnay Municipal Police Station while the fishing gears were taken by Bantay Dagat.