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MURMANSK, July 24. /TASS/. Spanish fishing vessel The Adexe Primero, detained by Russian border guards in the Barents Sea for illegal catching of crabs in Russia’s exclusive economic zone has been arrested. Criminal proceedings were launched against its captain and owner, the press office of the Russian Security Service’s (FSB) Border Service for the Western Arctic region told TASS on Friday.
"The fishing vessel has been put under arrest," the press office said. "A ruling was delivered enabling institution of criminal proceedings over an administrative offence against its captain - Blanco Garcia Elias and the ship owner Mariscos Polar SL," it said. "For determining the sum of pledge and conditions under which the ship can leave the port of Murmansk, the material of the case will be handed to a district court in Murmansk."
On July 16 Russian border guards detained the Adexe Primero. The vessel was catching crabs along the frontier separating the area managed by the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) in the North East Atlantic and at the same time was making calls into the Russian economic zone. The international crew consists of Russians, Ukrainians and Moldovans, with only the captain being Spanish.