Clarification of the Possible Whale Harpooning in Barra
Clarification was given on our incident report of suspected Illegal, Unlicensed and Unreported fishing activity made on the 2nd of July 2013 to the Ministry of Fisheries.
The report presented an incident as witnessed by one of our Eyes on the Horizon at Barra in Inhambane Province, on the morning of June 18th 2013 of a possible Whale Harpooning.
Responding to our report Manuel Castiano, The National Director for Fisheries Surveillance wrote:
“We followed the case. I tried to understand from the company if has anything to explain/clarify on the subject as I have not much evidence on the case. The company through the master stated that on 17/06/2013 by almost 23:55 suspended fishing at position Lat 24°27’4’’S and Long 35°35’10’’E and started navigating to Inhambane Bay to disembark a sick seaman into a RIB at position Lat 23°46’25’’S and Long 35°31’10’’E at 07:15 on day 18/06/2013 having immediately returned into fishing.”
We hope that this helps to clarify this incident which was reported to us.
We would like to take this opportunity to thanks all those who helped us in the collation of the data we presented to the Fisheries inspectorate.
It once again highlights the need for our eyes out there on the horizon to be ever vigilant and record as many facts as possible at the time of their observations. As when we make our reports to the appropriate government authorities, it is imperative that we give them as much clear and concise information regarding what is being observed and reported. The authorities do follow up on our reports and look for fisheries irregularities.
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