HONG KONG FISHING BOATS FACE FINES IN MARSHALLS

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, June 2) - A Hong Kong fishing
company operating in the Marshall Islands been ordered to recall its ships to
port and could face fines of up to US$200,000.

A government official says the company is facing allegations
that it has plundered a unique Pacific marine habitat.

The Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority, the agency in
charge of regulating fisheries in the islands, believes it has enough evidence
to fine the company, Edgewater Fisheries Incorporated.

The Deputy Director of the MIMRA ,Glen Joseph, said all five
Edgewater shark fishing vessels had been called back to port for inspection.

He says Edgewater vessels will not restart fishing operations
until the MIMRA board wraps up its annual review of the company’s fishing
contract and decides whether or not to renew the pact for a third year.

Edgewater manager Jimmy Ng said earlier this month that while
Edgewater vessels have been in the vicinity of Bikini Atoll and other protested
areas, they were only drifting and not actively fishing.

June 2, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com 

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