WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Dec. 3) - The Palau government has released a Chinese fishing vessel after its owners paid US$40,000 in a settlement.

The Attorney General’s Office says the 93-meter M/V Tai Ning was intercepted after it tried to evade a routine inspection by ignoring warning shots.

A patrol boat stopped the vessel and found it to be carrying 2,600 tons of tuna.

The operator of the Tai Ning was charged with resisting, impeding and interfering with officers in conduct of a search and inspection.

No charges of fishing violations were filed and after paying the settlement fee the ship left Palau on Sunday.

December 3, 2003

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