PCG dismantles 32 unlawfully constructed floating navigational hazards off the coast of Cavite City

Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) assisted in the removal of 32 unlawfully constructed fish cages and stationary fish traps in the waters near Cavite City on Thursday, November 4, 2021.

The PCG, in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the LGU of Cavite City, issued a warning to the owners of the affected fish cages and stationary fish traps on October 25, 2021, to execute self-dismantling.

A follow-up operation was carried out ten days later to confirm that the directive was followed.

The PCG continues to deploy forces to assist the DENR and the local government unit of Cavite City in monitoring and prosecuting owners of illegally constructed fish cages and stationary fish traps in the city’s nearby waters.

The PCG and DENR are working together in accordance with the Supreme Court’s judgement on the Writ of Mandamus in the Prevention of Manila Bay Pollution and Republic Act No. 9993, or the Philippine Coast Guard Law of 2009.

The aforementioned agencies are permitted to remove floating navigational hazards, such as unlawful fish structures and vessels, from or near sea channels that may pose a threat to the marine ecosystem.

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