Aker Fishing trawler 'Doggi'. (Photo: MarineTraffic.com)
Fisheries withdraws Aker Seafoods' trawler the right to fish
Thursday, November 24, 2011, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
During an inspection of the Doggi on 30 August last year the Norwegian Coast Guard discovered illegal dumping of cod from Aker Seafoods' trawler.
The inspection also exposed inappropriate keeping of logbooks, and it was expected that the Directorate of Fisheries was to respond with a ban.
Late Wednesday Aker Seafoods released a statement saying that the Directorate of Fisheries has decided that Aker cannot fish with the Doggi from 1 January 2011 to 30 April 2012.
In the statement, the Director of Aker Seafoods Harvesting, Olav Holst-Dyrnes said: “The dumping of fish is illegal, unacceptable and contrary to the Aker Seafoods internal guidelines. Improper keeping of logbooks should not occur. We recognize that 8-9 fish have been dumped and we disapprove of this.”
Holst-Dyrnes said to the Dagbladet that he sees this not as a conscious act, and that they are working systematically to prevent this from happening again.
According to Aker Seafoods this act will have consequences for the Doggi’s crew.
'They will pay according to how much the fish and will get no income from the company in the current month, with the consequences it may have for the crew and their families', said Holst-Dyrnes to NRK.
This ban will also affect the supply of raw material to Norway Seafoods’ plant in Hammerfest and consequently the jobs of more than 120 employees that work there.
The firm estimates that the measure could imply a loss of about EUR 639,800 for the vessel.
Aker Seafoods may well appeal the decision to the Ministry of Fisheries within three weeks.