PANGLAO, Bohol – A calf dolphin was reportedly slaughtered in Balicasag island, off in this tourist town, famous for its excellent dive sites that attracted divers all over the world. Forester Nestor Canda, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in-charge, confirmed this to DYTR last night. But Canda has yet to identify the class or type of the marine mammal.
But the perpeptrators are still at large, he said, while the DENR is looking into it. It was not immediately known if the Bohol Rescue Unit for Marine Mammals (BRUMM), a composite of government agencies and private volunteers that specializes in stranded marine mammals, is aware of the incident. Any perpetrator found guilty of taking dolphin will be slapped with a fine of not less than Php500 and up tp Php5,000 or six-month to 40year imprisonment or both based on Fisheries Administrative Order No 185, series of 1992.
It is entitled, “banning the taking of dolphin in Philippines seawater,” including selling, possessing, exporting dead or alive of dolphins. The FAO is anchored on sections 4 and 7 of the Presidential Decree No. 704 in consonance with the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES).
The order defines taking of the dolphin, which includes. “killing, capturing, snaring, trapping and netting.” Dolphin is defined as a small-toothed marine mammals (Cetacea) having a beak like snout and the neck vertebrae.
In Bohol there had been reports of catching and slaughtering of dolphins, even including “dugong” or sea cow apparently for meat purposes, Bohol Environment Management Office (BEMO) once said. (rvo)