PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, October 7. /TASS/. Two poacher ships flying the flag of the Togolese Republic have been detained by border guards in the Sea of Okhotsk off the coast of Kamchatka, the press service of the Russian Federal Security Service’s (FSB) border guard department for the East Arctic region reported on Wednesday.
"The Adex fishing schooner flying the flag of Togo is equipped for crab catches and live crab transportation, the ship owner is registered in Panama, the crew — 18 people — are citizens of the Russian Federation. The fishing and ship documentation is missing. The vessel has not passed the sea checkpoints," the report says.
Administrative proceedings have been instituted against the ship captain under Article 8.17, part 2 of the Russian Administrative Code over illegal crossing of the state border of the Russian Federation, the ship has been detained and escorted to the port of Magadan for investigation.
The border guards were patrolling the West Kamchatka subzone on the Oryol patrol ship, the press service said. "The Oryol border guard ship spotted another unidentified ship under the flag of Togo. It has been established that the Fast fishing schooner has a crew of 19 Russian citizens on board with no fishing and vessel documentation and no technical control means," the press service reported.
Proceedings have been instituted also against the Fast vessel over the illegal border crossing; the ship has been detained and escorted to the port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky for the investigation.