Fish poachers besiege Nigeria, W/ Africa waters

Action fuelling piracy Expert

·Navy says it is on top of situation

FOREIGN nationals involved in fish poaching have invaded the West African waters with fishing vessels plundering the region of its fishery resource, a development which expert say is fuelling the rising cases of piracy.

Vanguard Maritime Report gathered that despite the ban on such vessels at the international level, international fishing companies have deployed them to the region.

Investigations by Vanguard Maritime Report reveal that the same problem was responsible for the piracy plague in Somalia.

A source in the Ministry of Agriculture who spoke with Vanguard Maritime Report on the condition of anonymity disclosed that they are aware of the development but stressed that it is the responsibility of the Nigerian Navy to protect the nations waters.

Asked if the ministry had made representation to the Navy on the development, the source could not confirm but only said that they are aware that the Navy knows about the high-level fish poaching in the country.

Speaking with Vanguard Maritime Report on the issue, former Director of Shipping Development, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, WarediEniosuoh, confirmed the presence of these vessels in the region.

Eniosuoh noted that fishing operations in West Africa is mostly illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) which is responsible for the high level exploitation of fishery resources in the region.

He stated: Fishing operations are ille....

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