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Senegal Seizes Russian Ship Fishing 'Illegally'

Haidar El Ali(JollofNews) – Senegal's navy has boarded a Russian ship that was allegedly illegally fishing in its waters and is escorting it toward Dakar, the military said on Saturday.

The ship was boarded after it was observed illegally fishing in Senegalese waters near the border with Guinea Bissau, Lieutenant-Colonel Adama Diop, a military communications officer, told AFP.

"The Navy boarded it and it is being escorted" toward Dakar, he said, adding that it was the third time in a week that an illegal fishing boat has been stopped in Senegalese waters.

The boat was named as "Oleg Naidenov" by the Russian state Ria Novosti news agency, which said it had 62 Russians and 20 Guinea Bissau nationals on board. The Itar-Tass news agency said the vessel was 120 metres (130 yards) long.
Haidar El AliSenegalese ecologist and Fisheries Minister, Haidar El Ali. (Photo/ AFP)
Senegal's Fisheries Minister Haidar El Ali said the trawler had a licence in neighbouring Guinea Bissau but was not allowed to fish in Senegalese waters.

"This ship is a repeat offender," the minister told AFP.

The Russian fishing boat ignored an initial warning, forcing Senegalese commandos to intervene.

On December 24, El Ali warned that Dakar would take measures against four industrial fishing vessels, including two Russian ones, that had been spotted fishing illegally off the coast the previous day.

Senegal has for several years been battling to contain unauthorised fishing by foreign trawlers in its waters, which has been blamed for depleting fish stocks, undermining the environment and endangering the livelihoods of local small-scale fishermen.


+3 #15 2014-01-12 22:25
Quoting Radiokangkang:
I have no feelings when it comes to criminals who wants to see the majority suffer.

Radiokankang, this kind of comments made you the most stupid bastard Gambian in this forum.
-8 #14 2014-01-12 17:52
Scarlet Pimpernel. I respect your decision. but, remember one thing as long as we remain silence about these illegal practices willn't stop. the corruption is still going on from PPP to APRC.

I promise you this, If I should ever be voted in office, I will eradicate corruption and dont ask me how. I have no feelings when it comes to criminals who wants to see the majority suffer.
+4 #13 2014-01-12 11:06
Radiokangkang , I'm not gonna be your Edward Snowden or whistle blower. We have a psychopath as president who don't ignore petty things. He might go after them and I don't want to make families cry. Let by gones be by gones.
-7 #12 2014-01-11 15:36
Scarlet Pimpernel. I know. Can you please give us names of those officials or tell us how they used to made deals, so that we can stop those kind of tac-tics. It is very important to stop these illigal frauds.
+3 #11 2014-01-10 17:11
Radiokangkang , do you understand English ? Where in my statement did I say Amadou Samba cut deals? I said he was a rep. Don't put words in my mouth.
-8 #10 2014-01-10 09:13
Scarlet Pimpernel. Amadou Samba being a lawyer representing companies doesn't mean that he cuts deals?
was there any deals by anyone you knew?
+3 #9 2014-01-10 06:31
The issue of fishing licences have been going on since the First Republic. I used to work at the ministry and have seen cases of arrested and impounded vessels. In those days vessels were charged 1million Dalasis with "negotiations", in which the top directors of the ministry,perm.sect,head of the marines etc do some back room deals.
Amadou Samba was then a rep for some European companies.
-7 #8 2014-01-10 01:40
Gampatriot. I dont think that your facts are right. The pres. and Amadou Samba shouldn't be the only two with license's. If this is true then i'll be really disappointed with the pres. What is your prove to these accusations?
+6 #7 2014-01-07 10:14
The situation of fishing in Gambia is worst. Yaya Jammeh and Amadou Samba are the only ones allowed to have fishing licenses and they in turn have sold them to Korean and Spanish vessels. There is a lot of overfishing in Gambian waters.
I think as a Gambian, you should be condemning this deplorable state of affairs where 2 individuals are enjoying at the detriment of the commonweal.
+6 #6 2014-01-05 21:56
Shame on the Russians...this is a very big ship...with a very large hold.

I hope the Senegalise will extend the same courtesy to the Russians as they meeted out to the Greenpeace activists and journalists...recently in the Artic.

Recent reports indicate a significant increase in all forms of piracy off the West Coast of Africa.

Good to see Senegal is up to the protect the fish stocks of West African's. This is a vital economic comodity and assists greatly the well being of all.

The in depth analysis from both instructive...and alarming.

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