Norwegian trawler held in Russia on NOK 90 million bail

Shrimp trawler accused of fishing without a valid license in the Russian zone.

Norwegian shrimp trawler Remoy, is being held in Murmansk, Russia on a NOK 90 million (€9.6 million/$10.8 million) bail over a mix up with its fishing licenses, according to IntraFish sister publication Fiskeribladet.

The vessel was seized on the night of May 10 after allegedly fishing without a valid license in the Russian zone.

Norway’s Directorate of Fisheries acknowledged on same day it had made a formal mistake when requesting a license for the vessels from the Russian authorities.

Shrimp was not recorded as the species to be fished, although the company had indicated this was the purpose of the trip in its application to the Norwegian authorities.

The license paperwork that came back from Russia, said the vessel could only fish for cod, haddock, halibut and catfish -- not shrimp.

Nevertheless the industry is claiming the required amount for the bail is not proportionate to what actually happened. The catch value of the shrimp on board is estimated at NOK 9.8 million (€1 million/$1.2 million).

“NOK 90 million (€9.6 million/$10.8 million) for what in reality are administrative errors, is incomprehensible and too unmanageable for the company in a case where they have behaved correctly throughout,” said Audun Marak of the Norwegian Fishing Vessel Owners Association.

The Remoy is owned by Olav and Kristin Remoy through the company Remoy Fishing.

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