‘Send them to jail’: Solomon Islands Fisheries Minister on Blue Boats’ captains

SOLOMON Islands Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources has recommended jail sentences for the captains of the three Vietnamese Blue Boats to serve as a deterrence for other vessels fishing illegally in its waters.

Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister John Maneniaru informed Parliament of his recommendation, with the remaining 40 crew members recommended for deportation.

Mr Maneniaru said his ministry will recommend to the Director of Pubic Prosecutions, through the Attorney General’s Chamber, that the captains be sentenced and jailed.

He said a strong deterrent measure would prevent similar future incidents.

“This conversation is now going on with DPP and AG Chambers on understanding with the AG Chambers and DPP office and Immigration all 40 crews be deported immediately.”

Minister Maneniaru said there is a need for cooperation with the Vietnamese authorities through the transnational crime unit and INTERPOL in tracking and locating the whereabouts of the boat owners in Vietnam.