Court in Seychelles Remands 8 Sri Lankans Suspected of Illegal Fishing

Posted By Stop Illegal Fishing:10th Jan, 2018: Penalties and sanctions

The Magistrate Court of Seychelles has remanded eight Sri Lankan citizens who are suspected of illegal fishing in local waters for an extra ten days as the investigation into their case continues.

Seychelles Fishing Authority’s legal officer, Yannick Roucou, told SNA that “the suspects will return to court on January 19,” after they appeared in court on Monday.

Seychelles, a 115-island archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, has a vast exclusive economic zone of more than 1.3 million square kilometers, and regularly faces illegal fishing problems.

The Sri Lankan-flagged vessel that the suspects were aboard was intercepted by the Seychelles Coast Guard’s patrol ship ‘Andromache’ after it was spotted northeast of Denis Island. This happened during a routine surveillance mission by the Seychelles Air Force Maritime Patrol Aircraft on December 20.

Following consultations with the local fishing authority, the vessel was escorted to Port Victoria, where further investigation was carried out. The vessel which reached the port on December 23 was handed over to the police.

A communiqué from the island nation’s Coast Guard stated that this was the second Sri Lankan fishing vessel to be intercepted last year on suspicion of illegal fishing.

The first one – LMUL-A-0520 KLT – was intercepted by coast guard’s patrol ship ‘Constant’ on October 15 after local fishermen alerted relevant authorities. Five people were onboard the vessel.

Source: All Africa

Recent Posts

Global NGO denounces Italian trawlers in protected zone east of Malta

NGO Oceana had flagged infractions a year ago, but claims they have not...

Read More...

Namibia: Fisheries Underspends By N$6,7m

THE fisheries ministry underspent by N$ 6,7 million for the financial year ended...

Read More...

Gambians Fight Chinese Fishmeal Factory as Fish Prices Soar, Stocks Fall

As foreign-owned fishmeal factories proliferate in West Africa to supply feed for overseas...

Read More...

Expert calls for closer monitoring of Nigeria’s waterways

A maritime expert, Mr Temisan Omatseye, has called for a closer monitoring of...

Read More...

SIF News Categories

The Issues

One in four fish in Africa is caught illegally, this threatens the sustainability of fish stocks, damages the ecosystem and deprives governments of income and people of livelihoods.

Find Out More...

Our Approach

Creating change by informing policy and practice, our hands on experience and investigative work means we are often the first to spot new trends and find ways to challenge these.

Read More...

Our Initiatives

Illegal fishing is a complex issue that requires multifaceted responses. Stop Illegal Fishing are working with a range of organisations to bring about change.

Find Out More...

Recent Posts

Global NGO denounces Italian trawlers in protected zone east of Malta

NGO Oceana had flagged infractions a year ago, but claims they have not...

Read More...

Namibia: Fisheries Underspends By N$6,7m

THE fisheries ministry underspent by N$ 6,7 million for the financial year ended...

Read More...

Gambians Fight Chinese Fishmeal Factory as Fish Prices Soar, Stocks Fall

As foreign-owned fishmeal factories proliferate in West Africa to supply feed for overseas...

Read More...