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Prohibited marine life recovered in Bantayan Islands

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The Bantayan Maritime Mobile Team (BMMT) of the Regional Maritime Unit (RMU-7) in Central Visayas on Friday recovered live prohibited marine products which were abandoned along the shoreline of Barangay Lipayran, Lipayran Islet, Bantayan, Cebu.

Major Arnel Anino, chief of Maritime Police Station in Cebu City told DAILY that they acted on a tip that smuggled live shells are going to be disposed of in the area.

Anino in his report to Colonel Rizalino Padrique, identified the recovered marine products as 16 pieces of juvenile live giant clams locally known as Taklobo and seven pieces live mature helmet shells locally known as Budjong.

He cited violation of Section 102 of Republic Act (RA) 10654 or Fishing or taking rare, threatened or endangered species in relation to Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) 158 and 208.

The marine products were then turned over to Bantayan Bantay Dagat of Lipayran as it will be disposed in its original habitat at the Marine Protected Area or Sanctuary in the sea waters off Barangay Hilutungan, Bantayan.

He added that there were no persons apprehended.

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