Posted on September 10, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Two fishing trawlers were arrested in Nigeria, according to a statement released by the Nigerian Navy on Monday the 9th of September.
The two fishing trawlers in question are the Banaly V and Olokun V; both vessels have been charged with violating the range specified within Nigerian waters for inshore fishing and shrimping activities, around the region of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The arrest took place in the region of Antan Field, some twenty-one nautical miles off the Nigerian coastline,
The Director of Information for the Nigerian Navy, Commodore Suleman Dahun issued a statement as to the arrests, saying that the two vessels were detected using the Nigerian Navy’s Falcon Eye surveillance system, adding that upon arrest, they were discovered carrying an excess amount of fish.
“We arrested the two fishing trawlers for violating the range specified within Nigerian waters for inshore fishing and shrimping activities.
“The vessels were filled with an excess catch of fishes in contravention of the Nigerian Fisheries Act as the vessels are licensed for shrimping only. Thereafter, Nigerian Navy Ship Unity was vectored to intercept the vessels; this eventually led to the arrest of the two and they are currently at Bonny Anchorage for further investigation and possible prosecution.
“Meanwhile, following the arrest of Banaly V and Olokun V, the commanders of the Nigerian Navy ships have been directed to pay attention to the activities of fishing trawlers within Nigerian waters in order to reduce illegal fishing activities,” said Commodore Dahun during a statement to the press.