November 23, 2017 | MANILA, PHILIPPINES

220 kilos of talakitok seized from dynamite fishers in Culion, Palawan

TWO FISHERMEN were apprehended in the waters off Dipalian Island, Culion in Palawan last Friday after an island resident reported to authorities that they were conducting dynamite fishing activities. Members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Municipal Agriculture Office immediately proceeded to the area and spotted the two’s unmarked fishing boat. Upon apprehension, authorities found fishing implements and 220 kilos of talakitok, the local name for a variety of species of trevallies/jacks, onboard, according to a PCG statement. The two were identified as Ronnie Venturina, 33, the boat owner, and Ricky Longkit, 25. The two, who will be facing charges for illegal fishing, claimed that the dynamited fish were left behind by another unmarked boat that sped away as the authorities approached.