3 Chinese fishing trawlers escorted to East London harbour

2016-05-23 09:18
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East London - Three Chinese fishing trawlers suspected of illegal activity have been docked at the East London Harbour following a joint operation by the SA Navy and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Department spokesperson Bomikazi Molapo said two trawlers were spotted on Friday and that both parties had monitored them closely.

When the decision was made to approach the boats and halt their activity on Sunday night, a third boat was spotted in the vicinity. All three were then escorted to the harbour, she said.

Since the department's announcement just over a week ago on vessels it suspected of fishing illegally in South African waters, four trawlers have been nabbed. One vessel was recently escorted to the Cape Town harbour.

- See more: Dogs removed from 'parasitic' Chinese trawler in Cape Town

Molapo said the three trawlers would undergo inspections on Monday morning to ascertain what they were carrying.

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