The Colombian Navy detained an Ecuadorean ship on Sunday for illegal fishing in Colombian waters.
“The halting of the [vessel] MV ‘Xiomi 1’ was carried out 87 miles west of Buenaventura, carrying over 660 pounds of illegally caught sharks and other marine species,” the Colombian Navy announced.
After reviewing the vessel’s documents, authorities found “that no departure permit nor fishing permit was issued by the harbormaster.”
The incident occurred only two days after the Colombian government condemned shark hunting in Pacific waters after 2,000 sharks were reported to have been killed for their fins by Costa Rican fishermen.
The Colombian Navy said that the three crewman of the ship, two being Ecuadorean nationals, were taken along with the ship to the Pacific port of Buenaventura.