The Brazilian Navy intercepted a fishing boat with 15 Venezuelans on board who were fishing illegally off the coast of the state of Amapá, in the north of the country, military sources reported this Saturday.
The vessel, named “Don Jacinto” and Venezuelan flag, was carrying about three tons of fish of the “snapper” species and didn’t have a license for this activity, according to the Brazilian Navy in a statement.
According to the institution, the vessel fished “illegally” in waters under Brazilian jurisdiction and when it was spotted by the military, it tried to flee the place.
However, the naval patrol managed to intercept the ship and, after inspecting it, assumed control of it and transferred it to the authorities of the port of Santana, also in Amapá.
The action occurred last Thursday, although the Navy only reported it this Saturday.
Once on land, the boat underwent a new inspection by the Federal Police and the health authorities, who subjected the Venezuelan crew to detection tests for the new coronavirus.
All tested negative and now the immigration services will evaluate their deportation to Venezuela, according to the G1 portal.
The nearly three tons of fish seized will be donated.