|Apprehended Vietnamese Nationals poaching Critically endangered hawksbill turtles of Pangutaran, Sulu|
|Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:34|
The highlights of the report on the apprehended Vietnamese Nationals poaching Critically endangered hawksbill turtles of Pangutaran, Sulu:
1. Twelve (12) Vietnamese nationals on board a Malaysian fishing vessel were apprehended byDA-BFAR MCS 3009, headed by Lt. Ludovico D. Librilla, Jr. of the Philippine Coast Guard on April 22, 2012;
2. The following frozen marine specimens were confiscated: (a) five bundles of black coral; (b) 87 pieces of hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelysimbricata); and (c) around six hundred kilograms (600 kgs) of assorted hammerhead fish, grouper, and squid;
3. The apprehending team from BFAR filed a complaint at the Provincial Prosecutors of Tawi-Tawi for the violation of the following, based on Republic Act 8550: (a) Section 87 or Poaching in the Philippine waters; (b) Section 88 for fishing through the use of electricity; (c) Section 91 for gathering and possessing five (5) bundles of black corals; (d) Section 97 for gathering and possessing 52 pieces of marine turtles, an endangered species listed in the Appendix I of the Red List of the CITES. Furthermore, a supplemental complaint shall be filed by DENR ARMM , Sulu against the Vietnamese nationals for violating the following provisions of Section 27 of Republic Act 9147: (a) killing and destroying wildlife species; (f) collecting, hunting or possession of wildlife; and (i) transporting of wildlife.