Greenpeace stages 'pirate fishing' protest

21st August 2006, Comments 0 comments

21 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — Greenpeace Nederland staged a protest action early on Monday in the North Sea port of Eemshaven against a Russian ship it believes has a cargo of illegal cod.

21 August 2006

AMSTERDAM — Greenpeace Nederland staged a protest action early on Monday in the North Sea port of Eemshaven against a Russian ship it believes has a cargo of illegal cod.

Activists prevented the 85m Russian freezer ship Mumrinskiy from unloading from about 5am, a spokesman for the environmental organization said.

Two men were blocking a crane, five others the tailboards. On the side of the ship, the protesters painted 'Stop Pirate Fishing'.

According to Greenpeace, it is very likely that the ship has been involved several times in the import of illegal cod into Dutch ports.

With its protest action, Greenpeace aimed to convince the agricultural inspection service (AID) that it should check the ship.

The AID, customs officials and the police later boarded the ship. But a spokesman for the AID said the check had already been planned and had nothing to do with the action.

The occupation proceeded peacefully, according to Greenpeace, which it says has strong evidence that the ship has fraudulent paperwork, avoided inspections and takes on board fish caught illegally.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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