The captain and eighty crewmen from a Bulgarian trawler are being held on their ship in New York harbour after United States coastquards seized and boarded the trawler, Limoza, on Saturday (26 January) for allegedly fishing within 12 miles (18 Kilometres) of the U.
LV Zoom & CU Bulgarian fisherman repairing
SV Crew hose down deck
CU Sign "Restricted area, authorised persons only" TILT UP TO LV trawler
SV Crew members on deck
SV PAN trawler TO Coastguard vessel
Ship at dock
CU Capt. of CG Edwin H.Daniels interviewed
SV Guards (armed) watching trawler
SV Crew on trawler deck (two shots)
REPORTER JEFF KAMEN: "Now the Captain of this Bulgarian trawler says that he was seized outside of American limits -- thirteen and a half miles at sea -- what about that?"
COASTGUARD CAPTAIN: "He was sezied at about fourteen miles, but he was sighted fishing 10.25 miles inside the American limit. That is correct -- in a contiguous fishing zone -- which is a twelve mile limit."
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Background: The captain and eighty crewmen from a Bulgarian trawler are being held on their ship in New York harbour after United States coastquards seized and boarded the trawler, Limoza, on Saturday (26 January) for allegedly fishing within 12 miles (18 Kilometres) of the U.S. shore.
According to the coastguards an armed party boarded the trawler after a chase beginning within the 12 mile fishing limit. The Coastguard captain, Edwin H. Daniels, explained where the ship was taken.
Limoza's master, Captain Peter Todorov Donchev insists that his ship did not venture inside the 12 mile limit. The case is to be heard before a U.S. magistrate in New York on February 5th. Under U.S. law, Captain Donchev could be fined up to $100,000 (45,500 pounds sterling) and imprisoned for one year.
"Limoza" was estimated to be carrying 182 tons of macherel in her hold when she was captured. Until recently United States boats have dominated commercial fishing off the coast and the Limoza capture -- the first off the East coast in many years -- is being seen as an indication of greater competitiveness in the race for the world's diminishing supplies of fish.