Liberia nabs second illegal Chinese fishing vessel in 2018

Fishery officers arrest a Chinese fishing vessel for inadequate identification markings. Photo : RR

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Liberian authorities are contemplating a fine against a Chinese fishing company after the first one was slammed a US 50,000 early this year, sources said Friday.

The current Chinese fishing vessel, Bonheur Vessel 1462, was arrested this week for allegedly engaging in illegal industrial fishing activities in Liberian waters.

The Liberian National Coast Guard in collaboration with the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA), carried out the arrest this week, a statement said.

The first vessel was arrested for illegally offloading fish products without the knowledge of Liberian fisheries authorities.

Early this month, the Gambian government announced that it had seized three foreign vessels for illegally fishing in the country’s waters in 2018 along.

The authorities said the government had bought two surveillance vessels to fight against illegal fishing and indexed Moroccan fishermen over the violation.

Gambian authorities said the move will improve the poor monitoring capacity that was among the causes for illegal fishing in the country by foreign vessels.

Gambian officials said the country lost an estimated $2.3 billion a year to illegal fishing while most of the country’s fishing needs were imported.

Gambia, said its surveillance vessels will begin operation by February 2019.

© Bur-csa – A.H – Oumaima Mourtada / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)