Cambodian vessel detained in Russia for poaching

Last Updated: Mon, Jul 25, 2011 05:20 hrs

Moscow, July 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian border guards have detained a Cambodia-flagged vessel suspected of poaching crab in Russian waters, officials said Monday.

A border guards spokesman said the vessel was detained in the Sea of Okhotsk.

The fishing vessel Nardin with 18 Russian crew members onboard attempted to escape after it was discovered by the border guards.

After a six-hour pursuit, a Federal Security Service aircraft joined in and forced the suspected poachers to stop.

The ship carried equipment for catching live crab, but did not have any documents that permitting fishing.

Russia banned exports of live crab in May 2007, but large volumes are still smuggled out of the country every year.

More from Sify: