#AceWorldNews says Senegal is demanding that the owner of the Russian trawler Oleg Naydenov, which was seized by the Senegalese military on suspicion of illegal fishing, pays over US$ 800,000 in compensation.“We will apply [the law] in full force to protect our resources,” the west African nation’s Fisheries Minister Haidar El-Ali told AFP.
He described illegal fishing as “the cause of enormous damage to our economy and especially to our food security.” The Senegalese law allows for a fine of up to 200 million CFA francs ($ 414,000) for this offense.
“The Oleg Naydenov is a repeat offender. So we asked for a fine of 400 million CFA francs,” the minister said. The vessel, owned by a private Russian company, was seized on January 4 with 82 crewmembers on-board, including 62 Russians and 20 citizens of Guinea-Bissau, and convoyed to the port of Dakar.