The Nigerian Navy on Tesday handed over to the Federal Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, four arrested fishing trawlers, 52 crew members and three foreigners over suspected illegal fishing activities, on the Brass River in Bayelsa State.
The four vessels, named: Star Shrimpers 3, Cosmos 1, Trade Wind and ORC VII, with the 52 crew members, including three Ghanaians were handed over to officials of the agency by the Commanding Officer, Forward Operating Base, FORMOSO, Brass, Navy Capt. Suleiman Ibrahim, for further investigation and possible prosecution.
Captain Ibrahim, while handing over said, the cordial collaboration between the Navy, under the Federal Ministry of defence, the Federal Department of fisheries and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, is yielding positive results.
He submitted that just few days ago two vessels with crew members were also handed over for trespassing in the nation’s restricted zone, adding that the law states clearly that fishing trawlers were not allowed to fish within the five nautical miles restricted zone.
“The Navy detected the illegal activities of these four fishing vessels with the use of maritime domain awareness equipment trawling within the five nautical miles restricted zones, and we thereafter deployed to intercept them,” he explained.