By SeafoodSource staff
Published on 06 December, 2012
A total of 175 fishermen from General Santos City have been missing since Monday in waters of Davao Oriental, coast officials said Friday.
GenSan Coast Guard station commander Nelbert Aniversario said the names of the 175 missing fishermen were submitted by Salar and Rugel fishing companies. The fishermen were on board several fishing vessels, he said.
Aniversario feared that the number could rise as they are expecting other fishing companies to make similar reports to the Philippine Coast Guard's (PCG) station in the city.
He said that based on accounts of the two fishing companies, most of the unaccounted fishing vessels were already heading towards the nearest ports when the Typhoon Pablo caught up on them on Monday.
Citing accounts from representatives of two fishing companies, he said the missing fishing fleets were located around 115 nautical miles off the Davao Oriental seaboard when the typhoon came.
Aniversario added that the fishing fleets, which were composed of carriers, light boats and catchers, were then working on their “payaos” or fish aggregating devices in the area.