January 20, 2021 (Google Translation) – In the last hours, the Colombian Navy, in compliance with the “Almirante Padilla” Bicentennial Operations Plan, through the surface and coast guard units attached to the Specific Command of San Andrés and Providencia, managed to seize 1,831 kilograms of illegal fishing inside the boat “Gerchard” of the Dominican Republic flag, during the development of maritime sovereignty and control operations in the waters of the Caribbean Sea.
This result was obtained thanks to the alert call of a group of fishermen who were carrying out fishing operations authorized by the General Maritime Directorate-DIMAR- in waters near the smaller island of Serranilla.
With the information provided, the detection and interdiction of the vessel was achieved by the Missile Frigate ARC “Almirante Padilla”, a strategic unit that is prominent in the framework of the “Operation Renacer” for the reconstruction of the islands of Providencia and Santa Katherine.
The ARC Frigate “Almirante Padilla” escorted the vessel to San Andrés, where with the support of Rapid Reaction Units -URR- from the San Andrés Coast Guard Station, the respective inspections were carried out by the crew of the Naval Institution. identifying in its interior 31 people of Dominican nationality who were taken to the dock of the San Andrés Coast Guard Station along with the 1.8 tons of illegal fishing seized, among them 1213 kilograms of Caracol Pala; to later be delivered and made available to officials of the Secretariat of Agriculture and Fisheries of San Andrés y Providencia and the Corporation for the Sustainable Development of the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina -CORALINA-.
The captain of the boat and the material seized, including six outboard motors, predatory fishing equipment, global positioning equipment and telephones, were made available to the Attorney General’s Office. Likewise, the 30 people of Dominican nationality initiated the corresponding administrative sanctioning processes before Migration Colombia.
The Colombian Navy through its units attached to the Caribbean Naval Force ratifies its commitment to the defense and security of the Nation’s maritime spaces and its marine resources and invites the community to report any type of criminal or suspicious act to through the free emergency line 146 or channel 16 in marine VHF.