Seized vessel to be used for training

Mar 26, 2003
Author: DEAT

The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) will receive a forfeited fishing vessel, Eagle Star, from the Asset Forfeiture Unit on Friday, 28 March 2003, which will be used to protect the country's marine resources.

The R15-million Eagle Star was forfeited to the State in 2001 as part of a plea bargain in the case against Hout Bay Fishing Industries (Pty) Ltd, which was found guilty of illegal fishing in South African waters.

The 50-metre vessel, which hosts additional cadet berths, will be used for training of fisheries control officers. It will also be used for the training of crew members of the Department's new fleet of fishing patrol vessels which are currently under construction.

Previously used for South Coast Rock Lobster fishing, the vessel can operate in excess of 200 nautical miles offshore and has an engine capacity of 750 kilowatt, making it a capable patrol vessel.

The Eagle Star will also be made available for training of SADC (Southern African Developing Country) fisheries officers. This is part of the SADC Monitoring, Control and Surveillance training initiative that is strongly supported by the Department and would provide a valuable service to the SADC region.

The vessel will be handed over to the Department on Friday, 28 March 2003, at 10:00 at Quay 500, Port of Cape Town.

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