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Tunisian Authorities Arrest 16 Egyptian Fishermen for ‘Illegal’ Trawl Fishing

Written by Abdelmonem Achour on . Posted in Maritime news

Tunisian Authorities Arrest 16 Egyptian Fishermen for ‘Illegal’ Trawl Fishing

Tunisian coast guard authorities arrested 16 Egyptian fishermen on Monday night for illegally entering and trawl fishing on the coast of Zarzis, the Tunisian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

In a statement on its official website, the Tunisian defense ministry said that the boat-full of fishermen that broke into the Tunisian territorial waters have been handed over to the National Guard of the Zarzis Coast in order to proceed with the legal consequences.

The fine for breaking into Tunisian territorial waters ranges between 20 to 220 thousand dollars.

Scores of Egyptians have been detained, and later released, in Libya, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia for illegally crossing over into their territorial waters to fish.

Egyptian fishermen often illegally take to the territorial waters of other states in order to fish, and as a result have been frequently detained at the hands of foreign authorities.

The Egyptian foreign ministry has repeatedly issued warnings to fishermen against illegally entering regional waters.

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Abdelmonem Achour

Abdelmonem Achour is a Tunisian maritime lawyer. He specialises in both commercial and the litigation aspects of shipping, admiralty, marine insurance, transport, logistics, international trade and marine environmental law, as well as maritime casualty response and subrogated recoveries. He heads up the practice’s Admiralty and Shipping department and is the Transport Headlight leader. He has advised a number of commodity traders and their insurers, underwriters and brokers in international trade and recovery matters. Having obtained his BA LLB at the University of Tunis, he was admitted as an Attorney around ten years ago, is the senior partner of the firm and heads up the practice’s Admiralty and Shipping department. He also obtained a post-graduate diploma in Corporate Law.

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