Foreign nationals in court for illegal fish dumping
20 July 2020 | Fishing
Three Dutch nationals were caught while they were allegedly dumping fish illegally in Namibian waters.
According to deputy commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, the three men were charged with the illegal dumping of fish at sea, and assaulting, threatening and intimidating a fisheries observer while executing her duties.
He said that this happened on board a Namibian vessel, the Cornelius Vroliyk on two occasions: At 19:01 on 26 June and again at 09:00 on 4 July in Namibian waters.
“The three suspects - the captain, chief mate and the fishing master - were arrested on Friday, 18 July 2020.”
The three suspects are Captain Johannes van der Plas (44), chief mate Arend van Boon (34) and fishing master Teunis van der Plas (47). All three are from the Netherlands.
They appeared in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on Friday and the matter was postponed to 31 August for further investigation.
“They were granted bail of N$50 000 each which they paid immediately.”
Stanley Ndara, chief executive of the Fisheries Observers Agency, said that he did not want to divulge any information at this stage.
“There are details that will emerge during court proceedings, which we do not want to disclose now.”
However, he confirmed that the observer was questioning the officers for alleged wrongdoings, which led to a charge of assault, threatening and intimidation.