VLADIVOSTOK, October 22 (Itar-Tass) — The Repun fishing vessel registered in the port of Phnom Pen and flying the Cambodian flag has been detained by Russian border guards in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) for poaching.
The press group of the Russian FSB border guard department for the Primorsky Territory told Itar-Tass on Monday that 4 tonnes of live crab were found on the vessel in special containers. The Repun ship’s captain had no documents allowing the foreign ship to sail in Russia’s territorial waters and engage in fishing.
The fishing vessel the crew of which comprises 13 Russian citizens is now escorted to the port of Nakhodka where the border guard investigators will conduct a preliminary probe into the activity of the foreign crab-fishing boat. The actions of the Repun captain have elements of an offense under Article 322, Part 1 of the RF Criminal Code (illegal crossing of the state border of the Russian Federation) and Article 256, Part 3 of the RF Criminal Code (illegal catching of living aquatic resources).
Last weekend, 10 Russian citizens who on the R-6688PR motorboat and a boat caught in the Sea of Japan in the Vladivostok area ··more than 2.5 thousand sea cucumbers were detained. The diving equipment and boats were confiscated from the poachers. According to preliminary estimates of specialists, this prevented damage to aquatic biological resources worth 210 thousand roubles. The investigation is underway against the sea cucumber catchers.