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Naha fishing boat impounded by Micronesian authorities

Date Posted: 2008-11-14

A fishing boat plying the waters around Guam has been locked down on Yapp Island by Micronesian Coast Guard officials who have charged the captain with violating its territorial waters.

The fishing trawler belonging to the Naha City Fisherman’s Association was taken into custody last month after the U.S. Coast Guard advised the boat’s captain, Yukihiro Tomoi, “You encroached the Micronesian sea on October 9th and 11th and we already told the Micronesian Federal State about you guys.” Tomoi, who has eight crew members aboard his vessel, says Micronesian Coast Guard officials arrived five days later and ordered him not to leave the area.

The 60-year-old Tomoi says the Micronesian Coast Guard has determined “your GPS is wrong by 30 miles and it looks like your ship entered our waters twice.”
Micronesia has imposed a ¥100 million fine against Tomoi, ¥50 million for each of the two incursions. Tomoi says he’s been fishing the Guam region for more than 20 years, and disagrees with the ruling.

The captain and his crew, which includes three Indonesians and four Filipinos, remain confined to the ship at Yapp Island. Tomoi says the Micronesian Coast Guard has tried to take the ship’s journal, map of the ship and other documents. There’s been no word from Micronesian authorities when the vessel may be released.

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