Seized Fishing Ships Could be Sunk

Date: 1/7/2012

The US Coast Guard have several options for disposing of illegal fishing vessels, including sinking them in live-fire exercises. The Pirate Fishing Vessel Disposal Act of 2011 aims to prevent forfeited fishing vessels from being transferred to private parties and potentially ending up in the pirate fishing trade again. Under three other options in the bill, NOAA and the Coast Guard could transfer them to other government or non-profit institutions. Vessels could also be scrapped and recycled.

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