Two Trawlers Arrested in The Gambia

TWO industrial trawlers have been arrested in Gambia for several fisheries violations.

Authorities said a joint operation between the government of The Gambia and Sea Shepherd led to the arrest of the fishing vessels Lao Yuan Yu 010 and Victory 205 on August 27.

The trawlers were also accused of fishing within The Gambia’s nine-nautical mile Special Management Area reserved for artisanal fishermen, respectively.

Once on board the Victory 205, fisheries inspectors uncovered that on two separate occasions in the past month, the trawler fished within the Special Management Area including trawling at a distance of 1.6 nautical miles from the coast on August 10.

The waters of The Gambia are particularly rich in biodiversity, as the country is positioned where the nutrient-rich Gambia River meets the Canary Current.

The livelihoods of over 200,000 Gambians are directly or indirectly dependent on local fisheries while the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization – UN FAO, believes that more than 46 percent of the assessed fish populations in the Eastern Central Atlantic are experiencing over-fishing.

Once on board the Victory 205, fisheries inspectors uncovered that on two separate occasions in the past month, the trawler fished within the Special Management Area including trawling at a distance of 1.6 nautical miles from the coast on August 10.

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