Mare Chicose: Several Million Fishing Equipment Destroyed

7 years, 8 months ago - September 06, 2013
Fishing equipment, valued between Rs 8 and Rs 10 million, will be destroyed at the landfill Mare Chicose next Thursday. The equipment will be first crushed by heavy vehicles before being buried in the ground. These devices have been seized in recent months by the guardians of the Ministry of Fisheries affected in five stations across the country. They have benefited from using the Flying Squad and members of the regular force.

Among the items seized , found seines , harpoons , guns submarines, hawks, handmade guns, etc ... Most of these equipment were seized inside the lagoon as a result of regular patrols fishery officers and elements of the Flying Squad. The offenders were arrested and appeared in court.
The guardians and the elements of the Flying squad can move quickly when they receive phone calls for response to illegal fishing . They are equipped with small boats and equipment to effective communication.
" Illegal fishing will not be tolerated "
Since last year , the operations of "crack down" multiply on the ground to prevent illegal fishing. To date, at least twenty such operations were conducted.
Through these operations "crack down" the Ministry of Fisheries wants to know that illegal fishing is not only prohibited but also constitutes an offense punishable by law .
It also supports among staff guardians that the Ministry of Fisheries has remained attentive in relation to training and the purchase of appropriate equipment to carry out their tasks.
Stock of the day , the seized items are still in various positions guardians . They will be transported under police escort to Mare Chicose to be destroyed. It should be noted that on August 22 , elements of the guardians had hit a wide net in their fight against illegal fishing.
Following a crack -down operation in the north of the island , they had arrested an individual in his home, where 2355 meters of illegal nets were seized. The suspect was prosecuted under the provisions of the Fisheries and Marine Resources Act 2007.
The Ministry of Fisheries reassure the general public that no effort is spared to combat illegal fishing in Mauritius and invites everyone under the guise of anonymity, to denounce the fraud hotline on : 800 1011 . It should be noted that since 2012 to date more than 17,000 meters of illegal nets were seized and 444 tickets were established for the year 2012 only .
The Fisheries Protection Service ( FPS ) does not haggle on how to prevent fraudsters continue their illegal practices and continue to roam the island to intercept.
The FPS account and intensify their patrols day and night .

Text by Le Matinal

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