Taiwanese poachers fined P4M

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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has imposed a penalty of P4 million against the owners of two Taiwanese fishing vessels in violation of fishery laws.

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The cases against the owners of the vessels were settled out of court after paying the same amount to the BFAR.

Lawyer Samuel Agaloos, BFAR acting director for Region 2, said the vessels are the Sheng Feng No. 12 and the F/B Der Maan Fure 3 CT3-5399 that were apprehended on May 7 and June 11 respectively.

Agaloos said Sheng Feng was apprehended in Batanes waters while F/B Der Maan was apprehended while at the Northeast of Babuyan Islands.

According to the Philippine Coast Guard, F/B Der Maan Fure was flying a Philippine flag when it was apprehended with two Taiwanese nationals onboard who were identified as Lin Dah Gwo, the boat captain, and Wu Jeng Shyong, the technical boat engineer.

Efren Tomping, Manager of Zhen Feng Fishery Limited Liability Co., said they have offered to pay the amount of US$60,000 or P2.7 million to the BFAR to settle the case.

Lawyer Asis Perez, BFAR Director, in a Department Order signed on July 6 said that in lieu of a formal hearing to thresh out prima facie presumption of poaching, the erring company offered a compromise settlement, which the bureau accepted.

“The BFAR has resolved to accept the formal offer of compromise through the payment of US$60,000,” Perez said.

It may be recalled that owners of Sheng Feng No. 12 which was apprehended for the same violation in Batanes also entered into a compromise with the government and paid a fine of US$50,000 or P2,230,000.

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