Two Foreign Fishing Vessels Detained For Illegal Fishing In Papua New Guinea Waters

PNGDF intercept ships with 56 crew on-board

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Dec. 26, 2016) – Two foreign fishing vessels with 56 crew and fishermen allegedly involved in illegal fishing in the Milne Bay waters have been captured today by the PNG Defence Force navy and brought into Alotau on the eve of Christmas day.

Milne Bay Authorities have confirmed two fishing vessels with 56 people onboard are now kept captives under watchful eye of the navy and their boats anchored outside Alotau.

The capture comes after complains were raised by islanders and travellers about the sighting of 17 fishing vessels fishing for bechedermer in the far flung Budibudi islands.

Provincial Police Commander Joseph Morehari confirmed the capture today.

He said the fishing vessels were intercepted by the navy outside Budibudi islands as the navy patrol boat (03) was on its way to Manus Island.

He said the officials on the PNGDF Naval patrol boat involved in the capture are waiting for officials from the National Fishery Authority to travel into Alotau by Wednesday for the boats to be handed over to NFA.

He said aside from NFA investigations, further investigations will be carried out by Customs and Quarantine officials.

PPC Morehari said in the meantime, the crew and alleged fishermen will remain on the boats.

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