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Coast Guard seized two foreign fishing vessels

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Some Liberia Coast Guard Personnel on patrol
Some Liberia Coast Guard Personnel on patrol

MONROVIA-Defense authorities have announced the seizure of two foreign fishing vessels for illegal fishing in the Liberian waters.

The vessels identified as Hispance Seven and Shanghai, Spanish and Chinese vessels, were seized by the Coast Guards of Liberia.

Speaking to ELBC Friday, February 10, 2017, Defense Minister Brownie Samukai said:” The vessels have been charged for violating the Fishery Regulations of the Liberia.”

Minister Samukai said the Spanish vessel was carrying over thirty tons, while Shanghai was carrying over hundred tons of fish, respectively, and that both vessels and crew will be turned over to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense has given a 60-day ultimatum to individual occupying the premises of the 72nd Military Barracks to vacate or face eviction. The ultimatum will expire at the end of April this year.

Minister Samukai said:” The move is intended to allow the Army take possession of the facility after several warnings t barrack is in a deplorable state and needs to be renovated.”

The Defense Boss disclosed that, Army Chief of Staff, Daniel Ziakan has been ordered to ensure his men move in the barracks.
Minister Samukai noted that soldiers and their families need better shelter.


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