Palauan fisheries officials have boarded and detained a Taiwanese fishing vessel suspected of illegal fishing activities during a joint patrol with Greenpeace, says the environmental organisation.
The Greenpeace ship Esperanza and the Palauan patrol boat, PSS President H.I. Remeliik, are escorting the vessel Sheng Chi Hui to port.
A Greenpeace helicopter flight spotted the sharks and fins on board the Sheng Chi Hui on the morning of December 8th, while the fishing vessel was allegedly inside Palauan waters – which were declared a shark sanctuary in 2009.
“The Sheng Chi Hui was in apparent breach of the law here in Palau’s exclusive economic zone. Illegal fishing is costing the future of our people, our country’s economic development and is a threat to the future of the legitimate fishing industry. It must be stopped,” said Palau President Johnson Toribiong.
The Sheng Chi Hui will undergo further investigation by Palauan officials on its arrival in the country. Yesterday, officials from the Remeliik boarded an unlicensed Philippine flagged reefer, F-B Yanreyd 291, confiscated its fishing gear and catch and escorted it out of Palau’s waters.
Details on the Greenpeace website