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The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has commended the efforts of the Nigerian Navy in combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU) in the Nigerian territorial waters.
This commendation followed the recent arrest of four (4) Chinese fishing vessels.
They are MFT Anqi 1 LA 1025, MFT Anqi 2 LA 1026, MFT Anqi 3 LA 107 and MFT Anqi 4 LA 1028.
The Ministry says the arrests of the vessels is a confirmation of the commitment of the Navy’s committment to rid the Nigerian territorial waters of illegal fishing activities.
It revealed that appropriate actions had been taken to ensure sanctions are metted out to the erring fishing companies in accordance with Sea Fisheries Act of 1992.
Consequently, the Ministry pledged to continue to collaborate and partner with the Nigerian Navy in making sure that the Nigerian territorial waters is totally safe and free of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.