Philippine authorities arrested Wednesday twelve Vietnamese fishermen who were poaching endangered marine turtles, black corals and Napoleon wrasse in southern Philippine waters.
The joint operatives of the Philippine Coast Guard and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) apprehended the fishermen who were onboard a Malaysian-flagged fishing vessel.
Coast Guard Lt. Ludovico Librilla, Jr., who led the joint operations, said they intercepted one of the four fishing vessels some 23 nautical miles off Pangutaran in Sulu.
The turtles, black corals and Napoleon wrasse are listed as endangered and/or threatened species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
BFAR is now preparing all the necessary documents for filing of administrative and criminal cases against the poachers.