May 16, 2001, USCG C-130 aircraft conducted patrol flight in the
Convention Area. During
the flight at 14.15 (Kamchatka time) two drift net vessels were
spotted fishing at 51°40N, 164°36’4E.
The information about this spotting was passed to Russian
patrol ship DZERZHINSKY that was in 90 miles from the scene
and she started acting on this information. Helicopter from the
ship was lifted in vicinity of the area of possible violation.
from the ship located SAKHFRAKHT-3 near the drift net at
18.55 (Kamchatka time) within Russian EEZ. The owner of the
fishing vessel was fishing company SEVKUR, SEVERO-KURILSK. The
name and the registration number of the vessel were covered. The
helicopter hailed SAKHTFRAKHT-3 with international signals.
F/v stopped and showed the name and registration numbers.
boarding team from DZERZHINSKY has inspected SAKHFRAKHT-3
since 19.50 till 21.07. DZERZHINSKY
has found and hauled in drift nets belonged to SAKHFRAKHT-3.
the results of inspection of SAKHFRAKHT-3 were found the
journal of the ship daily reports was not filled;
ship's log book has been filled since May 6, 2001, the
previous period was not reflected in the log book;
engine room log book was filled with breaking the rules,
there were not any records for 12, 13, 14 of May;
last record in the fishing log book was dated December 7,
vessel was equipped and prepared for drift
net fishing of anadromous species;
scales of the salmon was detected on the technological and
ship device of the Vessel Monitoring System was dead since
May 7, 2001, and was switched on at the moment of
detection of the vessel on May 16, 2001 (according to the
VMS data the Sakhfrakht-3 was in port of Hakodate, Japan);
fact of throwing drift net overboard, painted over name
and covered registration numbers were recorded on video
ship found 2 transponders and several drift nets without
marks. In total, 5 drift nets and 10 transponders were
to the decree of Federal Border Guard Service #1560 from May 21,
2001, all materials of civil case were passed to the prosecutor of
the Inter-district nature protection prosecutor's office for
Kamchatka region. In
accordance with calculation, the sum of damage caused to marine
biological resources of Russian Federation by acts of shipmaster
was 1,207,510 rubles (about $40,000 USD).
Kamchatsky inter-district nature protection prosecutor's office
brought an action against the master of the fishing vessel
according to articles 201 "Abuse of power" and 253
"Violation of Federal laws about Russian EEZ" of
Criminal Code. On May
22, according to the article 175 of the Criminal Procedures Code SAKHFRAKHT-3
was arrested as material evidence.
June 06, 2001, all needful procedures on the vessel was finished,
the sum of ecological damage was transferred to the account of an
authorized bank. After
that SAKHFRAKHT-3 was allowed to go fishing without fishing
that materials about the violation of Russian law were submitted
for further consideration and to recall fishing permit at the
License Commission of the State Fishery Committee. The captain of SAKHFRAKHT-3
(Alexander Kovalev) was given probation for three years and his
license was revoked for three years.