When boarded by SENAN units, the vessel had in its holds more than 2,286 pounds of prohibited species such as shark, dorado, tuna and sailfish.
A fine of two hundred and fifty thousand balboas the owners of the ship Kembly III, of the Costa Rican flag, for carrying out fishing operations of prohibited species in the exclusive economic zone to the sur de Punta Coco, in the Gulf of Panama.
The sanction was imposed by the Authority of the Aquatic Resources of Panama (ARAP).
According to general administrator of the ARAP, Flor TorrijosThis is the first sanction of this type that is applied with the new Law 204 of March 18 of this year, which regulates fishing, aquaculture and related activities in the country.
He stressed that article 146 literal F of the new legal instrument states in the letter that “when the offense is committed by a fishing vessel or activities related to fishing under a foreign flag, a fine of between fifty thousand balboas will be imposed (B / .50,000.00) to three hundred thousand balboas (B / .300,000.00) for smaller vessels or equal to one hundred (100) tons of net record, or three times the amount of the market value of the catches in first sale. The higher amount between the two will be applied ”.
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He indicated that before the validity of the new law applied article 297 of the Fiscal Code that sanctioned this conduct with a fine of ten balboas (B / .10.00) for Gross Tonnage Registration, being in this case the vessel of 9.1 tons, the penalty would have been nine thousand one hundred balboas only (B / .9,100.00).
The Costa Rican vessel, with four crew members on board, was apprehended by units of the National Aeronaval Service (SENAN) in coordination with the Regional Center for Naval Air Operations (CROAN) through maritime patrol some 71 miles south of Punta Coco, on May 24.
Being approached by SENAN units the vessel had more than 2,286 pounds of prohibited species in its holds such as shark, dorado, tuna and sailfish.