Saturday, March 3, 2018

Fishery experts set for info drive in Currimao

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

Currimao, Ilocos Norte—Local authorities from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Provincial Fisheries and the local government unit of Currimao will intensify the information and education campaign to protect endangered marine animals here.

This came after environment advocates and netizens freaked out upon seeing a video posted on social media of a helpless hammerhead shark fighting for life on the street while some residents are watching and making fun of the creature.

Though the video posted on January 15 did not show it, authorities learned that the shark eventually died.

“They say sharks or different kinds of sharks are the most dangerous species of the sea... No! Humans are! He’s bumping his head on the floor for help. He wanted to go home. He's distressed,” commented a disgruntled netizen Anne Mendoza upon seeing the video.

Based on initial investigation, Arthur Valente of the Provincial Fisheries Office said they believe the incident happened at Brgy. Victoria here, a coastal barangay.

Mr. Valente said he had already coordinated the matter with Currimao mayor Gladys Go Que and the Municipal Agriculture Office to conduct an information drive to the coastal residents of Victoria.

The Movement Against Pollution which posted the video in social networking sites said ignorance of the law is not an excuse not to penalize the perpetuators.

Wildlife crime is a serious offense based on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora but apparently, authorities do not always pursue them.

Under the law, it states that upon a summary finding of administrative liability, the offender shall have a fine equivalent to three (3) times the value of the species, or PHP300,000 to PHP3,000,000, whichever is higher, and forfeiture of the species.

Upon conviction by a court of law, the offender faces imprisonment of five (5) to eight (8) years and a fine equivalent to twice the administrative fine and forfeiture of the species.

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