Sierra Leone impound 2 vessels for illegal fishing
Also arrested is a wooden boat heading for Guinea with five hundred pieces of planks.
The vessels were apprehended on 7th March by the joint Maritime Committee comprises Agencies within the country’s Maritime Wing- the Sierra Leone Police, the Immigration department, Sierra Leone Ports Authority, the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration, the Ministry of Fisheries and the Office of National Security (ONS) which acts as an oversight body.
According to Lieutenant Commander Abdul Karim Dumbuya, Staff Officer Grade II responsible for Operation, Training and Planning of Maritime operations, the vessels were apprehended by the team enroute to a command visit to its forwarding base in Tombo and Bonthe Islands, around Banana Island, extending to the Yorri Bay, the Marine Protected Areas where vessels are not allowed to carry out any fishing activities.
In a related development, Lieutenant Commander Abdul Karim Dumbuya said a wooden boat with the inscription ’4 Express’ was on 12th March, apprehended at Yeliboya island along the Northern axis of the country with five hundred pieces of boards heading to Guinea without proper documentation.
He said the boat was escorted to the JMC Headquarters at Murray Town for necessary action by the National Revenue Authority.