Zaporizzhya region: SBU blocks illegal fishing in Azov Sea
SBU officers in cooperation with the Prosecutor's Office blocked the large-scale illegal fishing in the Azov Sea.
Law enforcers found that the state environmental inspector of the Azov Marine Ecological Inspectorate had organized a scheme for the illegal extraction of biological resources during a spawning-season ban. The official provided local private entrepreneurs with “permits” for allegedly angling for fish specimen for relevant research during the spawning period. In this way, the offenders were engaged in illegal fishing in particularly large quantities. This activity brought in an average of UAH 500,000 (USD 18,500) “profits” per month.
The inspector also involved to the criminal scheme representatives of local law enforcement and controlling bodies, who provided him with timely information on measures to detect the facts of illegal fishing.
During the simultaneous 26 authorized searches in the criminals’ residences and in the warehouse, law enforcers seized four boats, over 5 km of fishing nets and other tools of illegal fishing.
Within the framework of previously open criminal proceedings, four members of the group have been notified of suspicion in committing crimes provided for in Part 3 of Art. 28 and Part 1 of Art. 249, the organiser – additionally, Part 2 of Art. 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The investigative and operative actions for establishing all the circumstances and for bringing to criminal responsibility other offenders are under way.
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