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Crime & Punishment of Monday, 24 March 2014


Two fishing vessels impounded

Personnel of the Marine Police Unit have impounded two fishing vessels on suspicion that they have been used for illegal fishing at Nungua and Chorkor in Accra.

The confiscation of the two vessels, with the inscriptions 'Mataheko' and “Walabooo, wait for the Lord' is part of measures to clamp down on illegal fishing activities by both local and foreign fishermen in Ghana’s inland waters.

Nine on board

The Director General of Research, Planning and ICT, Commissioner of Police (CoP), Mr David Asante Apeatu, who is also in charge of the Marine Police Unit of the Ghana Police Service, told the Daily Graphic that the vessels were arrested on March 12, 2014, during a patrol operation along four landing beaches, namely Nungua, La, James Town and Chorkor.

The sea patrol crew, with a cameraman on board, were said to have encountered the vessels in the course of their operations.

Mr Apeatu said the vessel with the inscription “Mataheko” had nine people on board and was suspected to be engaging in illegal fishing.

A thorough search on it after the patrol team had directed it to stop, led to the retrieval of two large generators, four mercury bulbs and electrical cables suspected to have been used for light fishing.

The crew members on the boat told the marine police that they were from Nyanyano and were heading towards the Tema Canoe Fishing Harbour.

One person in custody

One of the members on the boat was arrested after the marine police explained to them that the items in their possession constituted an infraction of the fisheries law of Ghana.

The suspect has been detained for further investigations.

The vessel with the inscription “Walabooo, wait for the Lord' was anchored at Chorkor. Four large generators, mercury bulbs, and cables were retrieved from it after a search.

The owner of the vessel is said to have fled the shoreline on seeing the marine patrol vessel.