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Russian trawler arrested in Spitsbergen waters

Russian trawler arrested in Spitsbergen waters 21.08.2008 The Norwegian Coast Guard this week detained the Russian trawler Kordun and accompanied it to the port of Tromsø.

The trawler, which is owned by the Murmansk Trawler Fleet, is accused of having caught too big amounts of under-sized fish.

-The fish is too small according to Norwegian regulations, but according to Russian, trawler captain Nikolay Kravchuk says to B-port.com.

The fishing vessel was detained by Norwegian coast guard vessel Svalbard.

-The fishery protection zone is subjected to Norwegian law, Head of the northern Norwegian coast guard division, Steve Olsen, says to NRK. He confirms that major amount of small fish was onboard the Russian vessel.

The Kordun was arrested also in 2001. The trawler company had a 3,4 million RUB economic loss following the confiscation of catch.

Source: www.barentsobserver.com, photo: Kordun, NRK/Kystvakten

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