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U.S. Coast Guard arrests crew for illegal fishing

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 3, 2010) – The U.S. Coast Guard has seized a Taiwanese fishing vessel for illegally fishing in the Northern Marianas Exclusive Economic Zone.

The Coast Guard Cutter, Washington, intercepted the Te Hung Fa 27 kilometres inside the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone.

The crew of the fifty-six ton ship are accused of illegally fishing for sharks and tuna in the waters around the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands .

The Pacific News Centre says the Washington escorted the Taiwanese ship into the Port of Saipan and the Capitan and crew of the Te Hung Fa were placed in custody.

They face charges of illegal fishing.

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