Bahamian law enforcement officials and their counterparts from the Dominican Republic held a second round of discussions on illegal fishing and other issues.
Minister of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage called the outcome of the talks “extremely important” as the Bahamas moves to end illegal poaching in its waters.
He said: “We cannot downplay the long-term effects of illegal poaching, as it can lead to a depletion of our country’s marine resources.
“The economic impact of indiscriminate poaching can touch the core of our livelihood. We must deal with it at all cost, as it is an aggravating situation that is becoming even more problematic to regulate, particularly with the advanced technologies that are being deployed.”
Dr Nottage said law enforcement’s efforts to monitor, capture and hold persons found fishing illegally in Bahamian waters places a strain on the country’s finances and is “very burdensome on our nation’s corrections systems”.
“We are, therefore, pleased to embrace the opportunity presented to co-operate on a resolution to this problem, through friendly dialogue and negotiations with the Dominicans,” he said.
Dr Nottage said as neighbours, the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic have a shared interest in maintaining friendly relations.
He said he hopes to see their relationship continue following the dialogue.
The National Security Minister said a high-level delegation from the Bahamas, headed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and including public and private sector representatives, recently travelled to the Dominican Republic to participate in “very high-level, formal, bilateral talks”. More....