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Illegal fishing boat with 59 Domincan Republic nationals on board seized

Published:Friday | April 7, 2017 | 4:18 PM
Coast guards head out to sea. – File Photo

The Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard says it seized another vessel with 59 Dominican Republic nationals illegally fishing in Jamaican waters.

According to the JDF, the vessel was spotted south of the Pedro Cays where it was signalled to halt by a team from the HMJS Cornwall.

During a search of the illegal fishing boat, 7,670 pounds of fish was found in storage.

The Dominican Republic nationals and the vessel were taken to the JDF Coast Guard base at Port Royal where they were arrested.

The JDF Coast Guard says a second vessel, with 23 Jamaicans, was also seized.

The Coast Guard says none of the Jamaicans had a fishing licence.

However, they had over 5,000 pounds of fish aboard.

The boat and the men were taken to the Coast Guard base in Port Royal where they too were arrested

This brings to 114, the number of illegal fishermen caught in Jamaican waters in just over a week.

On Sunday, March 26, 32 fishermen from the Dominican Republic were caught by the same HMJS Cornwall crew, about 120 miles south of Jamaica and close to the Pedro Cays.

The estimated value of all three seizures is approximately $16.5 million.