November 19, 2019
The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources wishes to thank the Royal Bahamas Defense Force and the United States Coast Guard on the most recent capture of a fishing vessel hailing from the Dominican Republic.
At 8:35 AM on Wednesday November 13, the HMBS Cascarilla under the command of Senior Lieutenant Samantha Hart along with the US Coast Guard arrested the 76 foot Gerchard II in waters near the Cochinos Bank. The vessel contained a catch estimated at 30,000 lbs of marine products illegally harvested. The RBDF expects to have the boat and it’s catch in port at the Coral Harbour Base by noon today. Officers from our Enforcement Unit of the Department of Marine Resources will be on hand to process the catch.
Again, we thank the RBDF and the USCG on this interdiction and we assure the public and in particular, the fishing community that the Government of The Bahamas will prosecute these offenses to the fullest extent. Our work to the Fisheries Act, while ongoing, will be coming to Parliament very soon and will include provisions that deal with these types offenses severely.