Nigerian Navy Arrest 2 Flagg Fishing Trawlers for Inshore Fishing, Shrimping Activities

0
121

By: Joy Odor/Abuja

The Nigerian Navy has arrested 2 Nigerian flagged fishing trawlers, BANALY V and OLOKUN V, for violating the range specified within Nigerian waters for inshore fishing and shrimping activities.

In a statement by Commodore SULEMAN DAHUN for Chief of the Naval Staff in Abuja on Tuesday, 17th September, 2019 said the vessels were arrested around ANTAN Field which is 21 nautical miles off the Nigerian coastline.

The activities of the 2 trawlers were detected by the Nigerian Navy Falcon Eye surveillance system.

Nigerian Navy Ship UNITY was thereafter vectored to intercept the vessels and it was discovered that they were ladened with excess catch of fishes in contravention of the Nigerian Fisheries Act as the vessel are licensed for shrimping only.

This eventually led to the arrest of the 2 vessels. The vessels are currently at Bonny Anchorage for further investigation and possible prosecution.

Meanwhile, following the arrest of BANALY V and OLOKUN V, commanders of Nigerian Navy ships have been directed to pay attention to the activities of fishing trawlers within Nigerian waters to reduce illegal fishing activities.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here