In the last quarter of 2015 and in early 2016, the search for IUU fishing vessels in the SRFC zone intensified. Several vessels were detained by individual member States or within the framework of sub-regional cooperation.

1. The case of the “KUNLUN", flying the flag of Saint Vincent & Grenadines

On 27 November 2015, Interpol reported the IUU fishing vessel “KUNLUN” to the SRFC, which immediately transmitted the information to all MCS units in member States.

On 31 December 2015, the vessel was hence detained in Dakar by the Department of Fisheries Protection and Surveillance (DPSP), under the name "ASIAN WARRIOR" flying the flag of Saint Vincent & Grenadines and the ship-owner identified as H MOUNTAIN OVERSEAS SA. PANA. Unfortunately, prior to its detention by the DPSP, the vessel had trans-shipped 180 tons of fish in 07 containers to the vessel AS MARINA of MAERSK LINE whose final destination was VIGO in Spain.

As soon as it was confirmed that the “KUNLUN” and the “ASIAN WARRIOR” were the same vessel, the DPSP took the following provisional measures:

  • Informing of the flag State;
  • Issuance of a ban on departure to CNMP Senegal, the ship’s agent in Dakar, pending the reaction of the flag State;
  • Transmission of information to Interpol and SRFC.

On 20 February 2016, a team of experts from Interpol arrived in Dakar to assist DPSP agents in collecting additional proof incriminating the vessel. At the end of the Interpol team’s mission, all black boxes of the vessel’s electronic equipment were sent by the DPSP to Lyon in France at the headquarters of Interpol International where further in-depth analysis will be conducted.

Senegalese authorities are awaiting the outcome of these analyses to issue sanctions against the vessel in compliance with national legislation.

2. The case of the “MYRA Q", flying the Italian flag

On 11 January 2016, the Department of Fisheries Surveillance of Sierra Leone informed SRFC of the conduct of IUU fishing activities in its EEZ by the vessel “MYRA Q”, flying the flag of Italy. The vessel, without declaring its catches and paying the related taxes, had fraudulently left Sierra Leonean waters to land its products in Dakar. The information was sent to the DPSP.

On 12 January 2016, the vessel docked at the port of Dakar where the DPSP issued a ban on landing and departure until it settled its dispute with Sierra Leone.

On 23 January 2016, a three-man team from Sierra Leone arrived in Dakar to inspect the vessel and inform it of the charges held against it.

On 18 February 2016, the DPSP released the vessel following payment to Sierra Leone of a fine of USD 298,658.   

3. The case of the “GOTLAND IMO 8325353", flying the flag of Saint Vincent & Grenadines

On 25 February 2016 at 2107 hours during a routine fisheries surveillance patrol, the vessel “GOTLAND IMO 8325353” was caught engaging in unauthorized fishing activities in Senegal's EEZ with two (02) other trawlers. In light of their refusal to comply, the Senegalese patrol boat commenced pursuit of the vessel “GOTLAND” into the EEZ of Mauritania.

On 26 February 2016 at 0200 hours, after four (04) hours of pursuit including three (03) hours in the EEZ of Mauritania, the Senegalese patrol received orders to end the pursuit and initiate proceedings against the vessel for infringement as provided for by national legislation.

On 27 February 2016, Senegal informed the flag State and SRFC, and contacted Interpol whose investigations helped identify the ship-owners based in Belgium. These investigations are still on-going to locate the vessel and the results will be available soon.  

4. The case of the vessel “WESTERN KIM

On 11 April 2016, Sierra Leone reported to the SRFC that the vessel “WESTERN KIM” engaged in IUU fishing in its EEZ from 31 March to 10 April 2016 and was planning to land its catches in Senegal. The information was immediately transmitted to MCS units in all member States. Investigations are on-going to locate the vessel and the results will be available soon.  

5. Detention of offending vessels

Republic of Guinea

Guinea detained the cephalopod-deep water demersal fishing vessel “FU YUAN YU 360” flying a Chinese flag for non-regulatory mesh size. The vessel was fined USD 700,000 by the national boarding committee.

Date

Vessel

Flag State

Offence(s)

Fine

07/12/2015

MENG XIN 23

  •  

Non-compliant mesh size

USD 30,000

07/12/2015

MENG XIN 20

  •  

Failure to board 45% of Sierra Leonean crew

USD 10,000

 

12/01/ 2016

 

MYRA Q

 

  •  

 

Multiple offences: Failure to:

  1. land % of fish required;
  2. transmit data on daily catches;
  3. obtain license prior to departure;
  4. pay required export fees;
  5. transmit all relevant information to the Ministry prior to departure.  

 

Total USD 298,658

28/03/2016

LIAN RUN 31

  •  
  • Non-compliant mesh size
  • Failure to mark the call sign on both sides of the vessel

30. 000 USD

10. 000 USD

Republic of Senegal 

Date

Vessel

Flag State

Offence(s)

Fine

29/09/2015

FU YUAN YU 119

  •  

Fishing without authorization

Case pending before the courts

 

FU YUAN YU 128

  •  

Fishing without authorization

Case pending before the courts

11/10/2015

PRAI DE AERAMILLA

  •  

Fishing without authorization

Case pending before the courts

 

25/02/2016

 

GOTLAND

 

Saint-Vincent

 

Fishing without authorization and refusal to obey an order to stop

 

Investigations underway

with INTERPOL

Republic of Cabo Verde 

Date

Vessel

Flag State

Offence(s)

Fine

 

22/09/2015

 

KADEI

 

Non valid flag State

 

Lack of documentation on-board including the certificate of flag State registration

 

One million Cabo verdian Escudos (approx. 10,000 Euros) for the vessel and 3,000 Euros for the captain

 

Lack of VMS (Vessel Monitoring System) on-board

 

One million Cabo verdian Escudos (approx. 10,000 Euros)

 

22/09/2015

 

LUAMPA

 

Non valid flag State

 

Lack of documentation on-board including the certificate of flag State registration

 

One million Caboverdian Escudos (approx. 10,000 Euros) for the vessel and 3,000 Euros for the captain

 

VMS disconnected

One million Caboverdian Escudos (approx. 10,000 Euros) for the vessel and 3,000 Euros for the captain

 

NB: These two vessels are owned by the company “High Mountain Overseas SA” based in Panama City.

 

Tuesday 05 April 2016
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