Coast Guard seizes P100,000 shells shipment-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Saturday, February 1, 2014
ZAMBOANGA Coast Guard Station (ZCGS) personnel have intercepted a shipment of P100,000-worth assorted prohibited shells aboard a vessel at a local wharf, said a coast guard official.
The shipment was intercepted around 5:15 a.m. Wednesday aboard M/V Magnolia Liliflora that docked at the local port of Zamboanga City coming from Jolo, Sulu.
ZCGS commander Jomark Angue said the confiscated shells consisted of more than 800 smooth top shells and 22 helmet shells.
Angue said the collection and trade of shells is prohibited under Fishery Administrative Order No. 208.
Angue added the shells, which were packed in 15 sacks and three carton boxes, came from the island town of Siasi, Sulu.
A receiver of the cargo identified only as a certain Adong was asked to give a statement over the shipment of the sea shells. However, Adong said he was not aware that the helmet and smooth top shells were among the cargoes he would pick up from the passenger-cargo ferry.
Angue has turned over the confiscated shells and Adong to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for appropriate action.