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Nine pirate fishing ships on the Reykjanes peninsula

Nine “pirate” fishing ships,engaged in illegal fishing of ocean perch, are in the waters south of Reykjanes around the 200 mile zone demarking Icelandic waters, reported the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, RÚV.

Eight of the nine ships are registered in Georgia and one in Honduras.

An Icelandic Coast Guard vessel patrolled the waters a few days ago and and contacted the captain of one of the pirate ships and notified him that “appropriate measures” would be taken because of the illegal fishing. Among other things, the ships will barred from receiving service in many ports.

The ships are located in an area governed by the Northeastern-Atlantic Fishing Committee. Icelanders are under obligation to monitor the area under the terms of a multi-lateral international treaty. Because the ships are outside Icelandic waters, they will not be brought to port in Iceland.

Altogether, 42 ships are fishing in the area governed by the Northeastern-Atlantic Fishing Committee.

The Icelandic Coast Guard patrolled the area by plane yesterday.

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