A total of 12 fishermen were apprehended in the central Bahamas for fisheries violations on Tuesday afternoon by members of the R.B.D.F While on routine patrol shortly after 2:30 p.m., Defence Force patrol craft HMBS Lignum Vitae under the command of Senior Lieutenant Ricardo McQueen boarded and searched a Bahamian registered vessel, “Miracle Worker,” along with 2 skiffs. The crew, consisting of Bahamian nationals, were taken into custody after being found in possession of illegal fishing apparatus, namely diving compressors, along with fishery products.
The vessels and crew are being escorted into the capital,where they will be turned over to the relevant authorities for further questioning. On June 11th, a total of 15 Bahamian fishermen were apprehended for fishing violations.
The crew has since been charged before the courts. The R.B.D.F continues to monitor the territorial waters of The Bahamas.