U.S. Coast Guard cutter has chased an illegal high-seas driftnetter across the
Pacific Ocean and is now awaiting orders on what to do with the ship and crew.
Hawaii-based cutter Rush was patrolling Alaska waters when it came across the
stateless vessel last week.
Guard Admiral Robert Papp says crew from the 378-foot cutter Rush are onboard.
-- (Rush 1 23
sec "We have a boarding team
... States for prosecution as well.")
says the ship was fishing with high-seas driftnets, which have been banned
internationally for 20 years.
-- (Rush 2 17
sec "They put eight-miles of
net ... I would call this ‘fishing piracy.'")
Senator Mary Landrieu, who chaired the senate subcommittee hearing in Kodiak
where Papp spoke, was aghast at the scale of the illegal fishing, and urged the
admiral to punish everyone involved.
-- (Rush 3 26
sec "I hope we're filing
charges ... going on here in these waters.")
Niemeier (NEE'-my-er) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
says high seas driftnets target salmon, tuna and squid but catch everything in
their paths, including marine mammals, seabirds and other fish.