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US-Canada high seas ops tracks illegal fishing September 25,2020   |  Source: SeaWestNews

A joint Canada/US enforcement operation in the marine waters of Boundary Bay near Whiterock B.C., has netted several illegal crab fishers, said the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).

The operation to combat illegal fishing was conducted by DFO Conservation and Protection (C&P) fishery officers, in coordination with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), National Marine Fisheries Service, Border Services and “Ship Riders” (multi agency police units on the border).

Utilizing three patrol vessels, 11 Canadian fishery officers from Langley and Vancouver coordinated their efforts with officers on US vessels as each agency enforced their own illegal fishing legislation on either side of the marine border.

Between Sept 11 and Sept 15, the enforcement teams identified and seized Canadian fishing gear in US waters.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, illegal fishing represents up to 26 million tonnes of fish caught annually, valued at between $10 to $23 billion USD.

Last year, the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted and detained a Chinese vessel, the Run Da, fishing north of Hokkaido. It was caught with 80 tonnes of salmon, mostly pinks, and one tonne of squid. That’s about 60,000 salmon. To put that in


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