La guardia costera jamaicana captura a una embarcación por presunta pesca ilegal de crustáceos
The Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard today (Friday 08 April 2011) apprehended a vessel with five persons onboard, who were suspected of fishing illegally in the Middle Cay areas of the Pedro Banks.
The JDF is reporting that at about 7:45 on Friday April 8, 2011, a JDF CG team stationed at the Pedro Cay, boarded and searched a 39 ft blue and white 'packa' type boat named "Sherlock Seafood" with 5 persons on-board. The vessel was found with approximately 600lbs of conch on board, and had no documentation to support its activity.
According to Capt. Aceion Prescott of the JDF Coast Guard, illegal fishing is a major problem in Jamaican waters and a primary concern of the Coast Guard. “A major part of our role here at sea,” said Captain Prescott, “is the protection of our country’s maritime resources and territorial waters. We patrol these waters on a daily basis and are extremely vigilant in carrying out our duties. Today’s capture is a testament to the work we do here.”
Today’s capture at Middle Cay occurred when the boat was spotted repairing one of its 60 hp engines. Two compressors, a pair of fins and three 50ft lengths of hose were also found on the vessel after the JDF boarded.
The vessel was brought to mainland Jamaica where the crew is expected to be charged for fishing without a license.