Congo bans 69 Chinese fishing boats

2011-12-30 19:16

Brazzaville - The Republic of Congo has banned 69 Chinese fishing boats from its waters for illicit activities, Fisheries Minister Dieudonne Kiessiekiaoua said Friday.

"These boats are suspended until further notice from industrial fishing in Congolese territorial waters, because of a failure to respect the laws and regulations in force," Kiessiekiaoua told AFP.

The banned boats, which belong to three Chinese companies named as Lulu, Rong Chang and Huayi Jinri, were fishing in a prohibited zone up to six nautical miles (11km) offshore, which is set aside for reproduction and renewal of fish stocks.

In August, Kiessiekiaoua said that Congo had acquired a satellite surveillance system to watch over boats and better control its waters. The central African country also recently banned fishing with explosives and with fine-meshed nets.

  • braamc - 2011-12-30 20:10

    Probably already stealing the last of our fisheries already. Hateful nation, can see why ANC and this thieving government is in bed with them.

  • Donald Tanket - 2011-12-31 06:54

    I'm very glad that congolese water are being watched 24h by authotities and this showing the seriousness in the gouvernment. Keep doing what you know to build a better congo in coming years.

  • Gerda - 2011-12-31 09:51

    Tumbs up for Congo government. Now they must confiscate the boats permanently and use them for firewood. I am sure some of the locals will be more than happy.

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