The Philippine Coast Guard has apprehended a motor vessel carrying a butanding and several pieces of prohibited shark fins and tails
- The crew of the ship weren’t able to present necessary documents and permits
- The marine products will be turned over in BFAR Zamboanga for proper handling and disposition
The Philippine Coast Guard has apprehended a ship illegaly carrying a butanding and several pieces of sharks fins and tails in the Zamboanga City Port.
Motor vessel Trisha Kerstin 2 skippered by a certain Captain Joel Mendoza was caught when it arrived at the port last Friday.
Upon investigation by the PCG and BFAR, it was known that the ship was carrying a butanding, two tons of assorted fish, 38 pieces of shark tails, 20 pieces of shark fins, and three pieces of butanding tails. These were allegedly sourced from Bonggao, Tawi-tawi and were apparently shipped to be smuggled in Zamboanga City and other parts of the country.
The crew of the ship weren’t able to show necessary documents and permits. The marine products were seized and they were turned over to BFAR Zamboanga for proper handling.
The owner of the vessel has not given out any statements so far.
Sharks fins are prized because of its high market value in the food industry, but it has already been considered illegal to trade shark fins because of the irrevocable damage they create in marine life, especially in the lives of the endangered sharks.
Butandings, while prevalent in some parts of the country such as Donsol, Sorsogon, and Oslob, Cebu, should also be taken care of since there has been a decline in its number.