|Dominican Republic.- The Foreign Relations Ministry and other entities work for the release of 11 Dominican fishermen who’ve been languishing for 42 days in Bahamas jail, charged with poaching in its islands’ territorial waters.
Zeneida González, mother of one of the fishermen, asked the Government and other organizations to collaborate to gain their release and safe return to the country. With teary eyes, she said the fishermen, eight of which are from the nearby town Luperón, were detained in the coast at Grand Inagua and immediately jailed.
Fishermen Union president Rafael Rodriguez affirmed that together with the Puerto Plata Fishing Boat Owners Association and the widow of the late president Francisco Caamaño, have contacted Bahamas authorities for the fishermen’s release.
All pleaded guilty to charges of illegal fishing in Bahamian waters, possession of prohibited spear guns, possession of prohibited air compressors, possession of groupers weighing under three pounds and possession of crawfish during the closed season.......
First group were found in possession of 40 pounds of undersized crawfish, 41 pounds of undersized grouper, 740 pounds of parrot fish and 606 pounds of crawfish tails......, Second group were found in possession of 30 pounds of undersized crawfish, 30 pounds of undersized grouper, six spear guns, nine air compressors, 642 pounds of assorted scale fish, 528 pounds of crawfish tails and 730 pounds of whole crawfish......
Dominican Watchdog says, Keep them in jail, this is an almost weekly event that Dominican fishermen are caught stealing the fish and shellfish around the Bahamas. As long as they are in jail they can't do that, can they.....?