Sakhalin border guards detained two foreign vessels in the Tartary Strait within Russia's exclusive economic zone during the New Year's holiday season, the Sakhalin coast guard department of the Federal Security Service said.
Federal Security Service aircraft traced a ship sailing under a Togo flag and manned by 13 Russian citizens in the Tartary Strait east of the town of Grossevichi in the Khabarovsk territory. Inspectors found flora and fauna from the sea bed aboard the ship.
Another vessel, the Cambodian-flagged Sanri, manned by eleven Russians, was inspected in the Tartary Strait west of the town of Lesogorsk, Sakhalin, on the same day. The ship was carrying over ten tonnes of live crabs and more than two tonnes of fresh frozen herring and Alaska Pollock. Ichthyologists said the crabs would survive and released them into the sea. About 4 million rubles-worth of damage was prevented.
Both ships were taken to the Nevelsk port on the southwestern coast of Sakhalin and administrative inquiries were opened. Criminal charges may be brought against captain of the Sanri.
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