MANILA, Philippines – Philippine authorities have arrested 7 Vietnamese fishermen allegedly caught poaching in Philippine waters off the coast Zambales, the Philippine Coast Guard announced on Wednesday, April 30.
PCG acting spokesperson Commander Genito Basilio said that the poachers were arrested by a joint team of the PCG and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic (BFAR).
“They were caught retrieving the net. It is BFAR that will file a case against them,” Basilio said.
The fishermen were on a fishing vessel registered as “BD 96281 T5” spotted 16 nautical miles from the Port of Silanguin in Subic Freeport, Zambales.
The vessel was under guard by BFAR’s MC-3008, which sent a PCG and BFAR team to conduct a routine inspection of pertinent documents, the vessel’s crewmen, and license and equipment.
The team identified the fishing vessel owner as Pham Minh Ouoc, a resident of Bing, Vietnam, who was also its captain and among those arrested.
The other crewmembers are Le Van Muoi, Nguyen Van Tu, Nguyen Binh, Ngo Van Tuan, Truong Van Luan, and Nguyen Huynh Duc.
Basilio said there was still no information on whether the vessel was found with endangered or protected marine species.
He said the fishermen may also be brought to the Bureau of Immigration.
There have been repeated cases of Vietnamese fishermen caught poaching in Philippines waters. Last year, 13 of them were arrested off Palawan.