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Fishing Vessel pays US$703,970 to government

Fishing Vessel pays US$703,970 to government

The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources has ordered the release of a French Fishing vessel, STERENN following the payment of the sum of US$703,970 as a fine levied on it in respect of various infractions for which it was arrested.  (Photo: Soccoh Kabia, Minister of Fisheries)

According to a report prepared by the Fisheries Protection Officer and head of the Boarding Team, Victor Kargbo, the vessel was arrested on the 22nd of March, 2012 during a joint surveillance operation by officials of the Fisheries ministry, Sierra Leone Navy, the Police and the USS Simpson. The report stated that the French fishing vessel was arrested for failing to clearly display its name and call sign on both sides, contrary to Section 42 (1 and 2) of the Fisheries and Management Act 1994. The report also stated that the Ministry of Fisheries information with regards on entering Sierra Leone waters to fish, Contrary to Section 11(9) of the Fisheries Act and also failure to send daily catch reports, contrary to Section 68(2e) of the Fisheries Act and as stated in the fishing license were not adhered to. Meanwhile, the Minister of Fisheries, Dr. Soccoh Kabia is certifying that the said amount has been transferred to government’s coffers as the fine levied on the French vessel.

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