WOW! 32.5 tons of live king crab!

Two poacher ships detained in Sea of Okhotsk

18.09.2006, 07.56

PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, September 18 (Itar-Tass) - Two ships - the Seiko and Centaur flying the flags of Belize and Cambodia have been detained by Russian border guards for illegal catches of crab, the public relations group of the Northeast coast guard department of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) told Itar-Tass on Monday.

The intruders were stopped in the fisheries area by the Nikolai Starshinov support ship of the Northeast coast guard department on September 16. It has been found out that the vessels belong to a Singaporean fishing company and were freighted for catches by a Japanese firm. The poacher ships' crews comprise Russian citizens.

The Centaur and Seiko have caught without permission 32.5 tonnes of live king crab.

After calculation the crab catch was released into the sea. The intruder vessels have been arrested. They are being escorted to the Magadan port.