Taiwan Purse Seiner Fined $4 Million For Illegal Fishing In Kiribati

Marshall Islands-based vessel caught in Phoenix Islands Protected Area

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 6, 2017) – A Taiwanese purse seiner has been fined $US4 million dollars for illegal fishing in Kiribati's Phoenix Islands Protected Area.

Radio Kiribati reports the Kiribati Fisheries Administrative Penalty Committee imposed the fine.

The vessel is owned by a Taiwanese businessman but based in the Marshall Islands.

The Kiribati Police Maritime Unit's John Mote said the vessel was fined after being spotted fishing within a protected area of water in 2015, but had managed to avoid arrest until being caught by Kiribati authorities a few weeks ago.

Mr Mote said the captain and crew of the vessel were being held in police custody until the fines are paid.

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