Navy Hands Over Smack, 13 Crew Members To Fisheries Department—-The Nigerian Navy (NN) on Saturday handed over a fishing trawler, MFV Lady Jessica ll, and 13 crew members to the Federal Department of Fisheries in Bayelsa.
The trawler was arrested on Dec. 11 by the the Navy’s Forward Operating Base (FOB) Formoso.
It was arrested while trawling within an area reserved for artisanal fishing boats.
It was arrested at a position that was less than five nautical mile from the shore around Pennington River entrance, without operating her Automatic Identification System.
The handing over held at a brief ceremony at the Forward Operating Base, Egwema, Brass.
It was performed by the Commanding Officer, Capt. Murtala Rogo, represented by the Executive Officer, FOB, Commander Dantani Bukar.
He said that the act violated the Sea Fisheries Act of 1992, adding that such acts, among others, would not be tolerated by the Nigerian Navy.
”To this end, I wish to advice all mariners to be law abiding as they engage the Nigerian maritime domain,” he said.
The Commander also said that the Nigerian Navy would not tolerate any maritime infractions in the Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea.
”Let me also add that the Nigerian Navy will not relent in its effort to police and enforce maritime laws.
”To this end, I wish to advice all Mariners to be law abiding as they engage the Nigerian maritime domain for their individual businesses.
”Pertinently, fishing companies and agents must pay particular attention to the instructions in Form B issued to them by the FDF .
”Same must be communicated and understood by the vessel crew to avoid any form of infringement of the state laws therein,” he said.
He also restated the determination of the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla, to ensure that Nigerian maritime domain remained secure and safe for all legitimate businesses to thrive.
Acvording to him, this is in line with the provision of Harmonised Standard Operating Procedures on Arrest Detention and Prosecution of Vessel and Person, 2016.