Coral Harbour Base, 12 DEC. ‘18 (RBDF): The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) apprehended 7 Dominican fishermen aboard two small go-fast type boats around noon on Tuesday 11 November 2018 in the area of Little Inagua.
The two Dominican boats were apprehended just off Little Inagua by RBDF patrol craft P-129, coxswained by Petty Officer Edison Rolle, while on routine patrol. On board were 7 Dominican fishermen, along with a quantity of scaled fish and crawfish.
The Dominicans were taken into custody and handed over to Police and Immigration officials at Great Inagua, and will be transported to New Providence where they will be charged for various fishing offences.
Prior to this incident, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force had apprehended a total of 172 Dominican poachers and 4 Dominican fishing vessels with over 100,000 pounds of fisheries products. They were charged and found guilty by the courts for various fishing violations, and sentenced to time ranging from 6 to 18 months at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services; total fines awarded were approximately $7 million.
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force continues to protect the territorial integrity of The Bahamas.