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18th Apr 13Managed by Chatham House
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Officials thwart illegal fishing in Cameroon
Yaounde - Police in Cameroon have seized almost 100 tonnes of illegally-caught fish from two boats off the African country's southern coast, a government official said on Friday.
Officers boarded the two trawlers on December 8 as they were fishing with a large net, David Seguy, an official from the ministry of trade, told a foreign news agency.
They seized between "90 and 100 tonnes", he said, although none of the Cameroonian or Chinese crew were arrested.
National radio reports said the boats' owners, who have not been named, would be fined 22 million CFA francs (33,500 euros, 49,000 dollars).
Illegal fishing of Cameroon's already depleted stocks costs the country's economy some 30 billion CFA a year.
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