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U.S. Coast Guard helps bust

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, March. 29, 2011) - A U.S. Coast Guard crew from Guam recently helped Palauan authorities seize two foreign vessels fishing illegally in Palau's waters, according to a press release from the Coast Guard.

The seizures occurred during two months of enforcement patrols that ended earlier this month, the release issued yesterday, states. Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sequoia returned to Apra Harbor after the patrols, which involved travel of more than 5,000 nautical miles in the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau.

"It felt great to assist Palau and seize two vessels that were illegally fishing in their waters, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Bradley Murray, a member of the Sequoia crew. Long patrols feel much shorter when you know that we are actively preventing unlicensed fishing."

The Sequoia crew first boarded a small fishing vessel that was tied off to a fish aggregating device, a large buoy that is left to drift for several months to attract fish, which is prohibited in Palau. The Philippine vessel had no permit to fish in Palau, according to the Coast Guard.

The second boarded vessel, though larger, didn't have any fishing permits and was rigged to deploy fish aggregating devices as well. Both vessels were seized, according to the Coast Guard.

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