Sierra ends flag of convenience for fishing vessels

October 28th, 2010


FREETOWN – Sierra Leone is closing its international shipping registry to foreign-owned fishing vessels in a move intended to reduce illegal catches in its seas and around the world, the fisheries minister said on Thursday.

Officials said the West African country — notorious as a so-called “flag of convenience” with minimum enforcement of maritime regulations — was the first such nation in the world to implement the measure.

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