Disposal of illegal Vietnamese fishing vessels costs Solomons government

The disposal of three illegal Vietnamese fishing vessels has cost the Solomon Islands government $US50,000.

The cost of destroying the blue boats was revealed during a Public Accounts Committee meeting this week.

Permanent secretary for the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Christian Ramofafia said it was the lowest bid presented to the government, which is why they chose it.

Director of Fisheries, Edward Honiwala said the deal to destroy the boats was made because they failed to meet Solomon's seaworthiness standards.

The government said the destruction of the boats must be in line with environmental laws, which is why a private company was contracted to do a proper disposal.

The three blue boats were captured in the country's exclusive economic zone earlier this year.

The 40 crew members were sent back to Vietnam, except for three captains who are serving four years in Rove prison.



Photo: AFP A Vietnamese "blue boat".