Captain nabbed for fishing in restricted waters

Bail paid

13 March 2020 | Crime

Gabes Shekutamba; Chief Fisheries inspector; “His case stems from October 2019, but we never got a chance to arrest him since he fled the country”.

Walvis Bay • [email protected]

A foreign national received N$100 000 bail for contravening the marine resources act. He made his first court appearance in the Walvis Bay magistrate’s court on Wednesday.

According to chief fisheries inspector Gabes Shekutamba, the accused, Vitaly Dukach, was arrested on charges of fishing in a restricted zone and violating quota conditions.

“His case stems from October 2019, but we never arrested him because he left the country. He was not informed of his impending arrest and simply left. [However], he was arrested upon his re-entry into the country.”

Shekutamba said that with each quota allocation, certain conditions are attached to it.

“He was in violation of these conditions by fishing in a restricted zone and was charged in accordance with the marine resources act.”

Dukach is the captain of the Mediva Star fishing vessel, owned by Joka Two Fishing Joint Venture based in Windhoek. The vessel is still fishing in Namibian waters. The vessel is Namibian flagged and registered.

The only bail condition attached to Dukach is that he hands in his passport to the investigating officer until the case has been finalised.

Dukach appeared before magistrate Rhivermo Williams, who remanded his case to 21 April for plea. He was represented by Gerhard Louw van Wijk, and state prosecutor was Fidel Wakudumo.

This case comes a month after the captain of the fishing vessel Heinaste, Angrimur Brynjolfsson (67), was fined N$950 000 or 12 years’ imprisonment on three counts relating to fishing in restricted waters along the Namibian coast.

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