The Sierra Leone Navy has today Thursday August 16th 2018 seized a Chinese boat illegally fishing in the country’s waters.
Umaru Fofona reports that the boat has now being brought to shore for further invetigations.
The Sierra Leone Fisheries law does not permit any fishing vessel to fish within 12 Nautical Miles of the Inshore Exclusion Zone or IEZ.
It also forbids vessels to fish on its waters without a permit or flags of convenience. However, the Ministry of Fisheries efforts to monitor Sierra Leone waters has being a serious challenge with regards detecting fishing vessels that violate the said policy.
The country loses millions of dollars a year to illegal activity in its territorial waters mostly by Chinese and Korean vessels.