NaFAA, in a press release, said the “illegal, unreported and unregulated” (IUU) fishing took place around the Elizabeth Village near the Bridge connecting the Grand Bassa Community College (GBCC) to the City of Buchanan.
According to the Director General of NaFAA,Mrs. Emma Metieh Glassco, Pastor William Tarr and his crew of dynamite fishermen were seen shouting dynamite in Benson River close to the Bridge of the Grand Bassa Community College recently.
The head of NaFAA stressed that DYNAMITE FISHING is illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and asserted that it is being perpetrated by some unscrupulous fishermen despite been banned by the Liberian Fisheries Authority.
Madam Glassco said Pastor Tarr and dynamite fishermen were seen in two separate paddling canoes in the act by a joint team comprising NaFAA deputy director general for Technical Services, William Boeh and the LNP Grand Bassa County Police Detachment, but they later escaped with one paddling-Kru Canoe.
Meanwhile, the NaFAA Boss is quoted in the NaFAA press release as saying that the police arrested several items from Pastor Tar and crew of dynamite fishermen upon their escape. The items included: a paddling canoe (Kru Canoe) bearing NaFAA’s registration number (CN-0004-GBC-150), a single barrel gun along with several rounds and an ID Card of the pastor.
The NaFAA director general has urged the LNP Grand Bassa County Police Detachment to further pursue and arrest Pastor William Tarr of the United Methodist Church located in the Pin-Berry Community and crew of dynamite fishermen for violations of the Liberian Fisheries Law.
She mentioned that upon their arrest they will face the full weight of the Liberian laws.