Smuggling and Illegal Fishing – Sierra Leone Navy Captures Three Boats
The Sierra Leone Armed Forces Naval wing on the 7th and 12th March respectively arrested three boats for offenses relating to smuggling and illegal fishing exercise.
Talking to a cross section of journalists; Lieutenant Commander Grade II responsible for Training and Planning, Abdul Karim Dumbuya, briefed that with the new found spirit of nabbing down the free flow of economic goods through smuggling as well as protecting coastal areas for breeding new species of fishes, the Sierra Leone Maritime has spread out its tentacles to forestall illegal exercises in the nation’s territorial waters.
Dumbuya went on to say that two of the boats named 818 and 828, semi industrial vessels were intercepted by Patrol Commander Sallieu Kanu as they were fishing in restricted areas along Banana Island extending to Yori-Bay. He noted that these areas are tagged as breeding grounds for younger fishes.
The Commander furthered that these vessels are operating as registered boats with licenses under Agency of the Red Sea Fishing Company. Dumbuya also revealed that the other boat named Express-4 was intercepted 12th March at Yeliboyah by their Patrol Navy team as the boat was trying to smuggle timbers to our sister country Guinea.
The Commander explained further that the impounded vessels are under their watch, adding that according to normal procedures officials of the NRA have inspected the content of the vessels and reported the offences committed.
Commander Dumbuya in his last words promised that his Navy will not cease in their effort to stop illegal fishing and smuggling.
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