Illegal fishing around Pagasa Island worries residents
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Residents of Pagasa (Thitu) Island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) have expressed concern over the illegal fishing activities being done by Chinese and Vietnamese fishermen who, they said, are resorting to the destructive use of dynamite and cyanide, threatening marine life in the area. The residents raised their concern as they vowed to guard and protect the natural treasures around their island and reefs against any intruder. Medly Pernia, secretary for the island administrator, said that foreign fishermen, particularly the Chinese and Vietnamese, were often seen doing illegal fishing around the Pagasa.
Aben, E. (2015, May 17). Illegal fishing around Pagasa Island worries residents. Manila Bulletin, p. 13.
Illegal fishing; Foreign fishing; Explosive fishing; Fishers; Disputes; Territorial waters; Coral reefs; Livelihoods; Rare species; Environmental protection; Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP); Palawan Expressed; Philippine Coast Guard (PCG); Batiancila, Mary Joy; Bitoonon, Eugenio; Catapang, Pio Jr; Pernia, Medly
- Manila Bulletin