MANILA, Philippines – Charges have been filed against 11 Vietnamese poachers who were arrested off Tawi-Tawi last Wednesday.
The fishermen, who were allegedly poaching endangered marine species, were charged with violating the Wildlife Act of the Philippines for possession of dead hawksbill turtles and black corals.
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) National Director Asis Perez said the foreigners may face a fine of $100,000 and imprisonment of up to 2 years.
Perez said a legal team from the BFAR has been sent to Tawi-Tawi to monitor the case.
Foreigners are not allowed to fish in Philippine territory, based on the Philippine Fisheries Code. -- Report from RJ Rosalado, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga