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Russian fishing trawler Obva has resumed fishing
Russian fishing trawler Obva, arrested by Norwegian coastguards on Sunday for the violation of fishing rules in the Norwegian part of the Barents Sea, has resumed fishing, head of the Murmansk-based Rybakkolkhozsoyuz company Mikhail Ryabchevsky told Itar-Tass. Ryabchevsky said the vessel had been arrested because the captain was late on informing the coastguards that the vessel had changed fishing from herring to ground species. Norwegian authorities did not expose violations in the fishing by the Russian trawler. However, its captain may have to pay a fine of 15,000 crowns (about 2,300 U.S. dollars), while a 100,000-crown (over 15,000 dollars) fine may be slapped on the trawler's owner. Norwegian authorities released the ship and allowed it to continue fishing after the captain had given a bank guarantee that the fines would be paid. The Russian fishermen intend to challenge the fines in a Norwegian court in the nearest future.
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