GIS – 04 October, 2018: The Fisheries Protection Service (FPS) proceeded with the annual disposal of seized and forfeited articles related to illegal fishing activities in several regions around the island, yesterday at Mare Chicose Landfill. In this context, an official function was held at the Mahebourg Fisheries Post, in presence of the Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, Mr Premdut Koonjoo, and Officers of the FPS, where the seized prohibited articles were stocked.
In a statement, Minister Koonjoo recalled that eliminating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing is at the core of Government agenda. He outlined that an increase has been noted in the amount of seized items for the year 2018, which indicates that illicit fishing activities and the use of prohibited equipment are on the rise.
Illegal activities such as overfishing and catching juvenile species, he said, are directly affecting and depleting the marine ecosystem. The disposal exercise, he added, reflects the relentless efforts of the 15 Fisheries Protection Service Posts and the five Flying Squads to help free the country’s lagoon from unregulated fishing by ensuring efficient control, strict surveillance and enforcement of the provisions of the Fisheries and Marine Resources Act 2007.
For his part, the Acting Controller of the FPS, Mr Brambhanand Bundhoo, informed that the seized and forfeited articles comprise 11 073 metres of fishing net, 11 spear guns and 180 underwater equipment, valued at Rs 10 million. He also commended the work of the 200 officers of the FPS who are doing their best to combat illegal fishing activities.
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