A shipper was issued with a Notice of Violation when unable to present a Local Transport Permit or LTP to BFAR enforcers upon inspection of their fishery cargoes in barangay Bolong, Zamboanga City. The land-based mobile checkpoint operation was conducted on March 9, 2023, at the east coast of the city by the Team 2 operatives of the DA-BFAR Enforcement and Regional Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Operations Center (ERMCSOC) Zamboanga City Station.
The movement or transport of fishery products without the necessary LTP issued by BFAR and supported by an Auxiliary Permit obtained from the concerned Local Government Unit where the fish and aquatic goods originated is a violation of Fishery Administrative Order 233 in relation to RA 9147 for the protection of wildlife resources of the country. The issuance of the LTP is intended for the collection, monitoring, and traceability of fish production and movement. An administrative case was filed before the Regional Adjudication Committee against the shipper or owner of the fishery goods consisting of at least 50 boxes of undocumented dried fishes.
BFAR advises the public, particularly fish traders, transporters, and buyers, to first secure the proper LTP from its Regional Office or any of the nearest Provincial Fishery Offices located in Ipil, Pagadian City, and Dipolog City, prior to the conveyance of their fishery cargoes from any point in Region 9 to other destinations within the Philippines.