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Puntland seizes ships


Puntland officials say they have seized a Spanish trawler fishing illegally in northwestern Somalia.

A statement issued by the navy headquarters in Bossaso port said the ship, the Al-Bacora Quattro, had 24 crew members aboard and was carrying 400 mt of skipjack tuna.

The trawler is reported to be operating on an illegal fishing licence. Since the central government collapsed in 1991, defunct fishing authorities and illegal companies - some based in European countries - have continued to issue fishing licences without the agreement of local Somali authorities.

Puntland officials have also reported seizing a ship belonging to a Swiss firm, arresting six crew, carrying some 400,000 mt of fish.


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