Liberians accuse 2 boats of illegal fishing, seek $1 million

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Posted: Feb 10, 2017 12:58 PM

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberian authorities say they've impounded two foreign fishing vessels and are seeking $1 million in compensation.

Defense Minister Brownie Samukai said Friday that one of the boats was a Chinese vessel that paid just $700 for a permit to import 40 tons of fish. However, he told state radio that officials found that the permit was being used for multiple vessels, carrying a total of 130 tons of fish.

The other vessel is Spanish-owned but Senegalese-flagged. Liberian authorities are citing 25 violations, and the boat has been impounded and its crew detained by state security.

Overfishing remains a rampant problem along Liberia's coastline due to a lack of resources for patrolling.