The United States Embassy in Sierra Leone has revealed that on Friday 25 March 2022, the US Navy Coast Guard and assisted their Sierra Leonean partners in stopping a ship suspected of illegally fishing off the cost of Freetown.
The US Embassy made this revelation on their social media page.
“Last Friday, the U.S. Navy, U.S.A. Coast Guard and INTERPOL assisted our Sierra Leonean partners in stopping a ship suspected of illegally fishing off the coast of Freetown,” they stated.
The Embassy added that, “U.S. partnership helps protect Sierra Leone’s sovereign waters and enhance regional maritime security.”
Some Sierra Leoneans commended the U.S. Navy Seal for the venture they undertook, as illegal fishing has severely been affecting the economy of Sierra Leone over the years.
“They have been doing this for years, but thank to the U.S for Saving the day. I hope they continue to help us, because the best fish and shrimps our People don’t eat it, instead they send it overseas,” Mohamed Koroma stated.
“This is a great demonstration of what a good partnership can achieve. Well done Ambassador,” Jonathan Samai stated.
‘Thank God for your intervention, , this has being going on for a very long time,” Isatu T. Jalloh noted.
“The nationality of the “illegal” fishermen? If there are Chinese, then a lot need to be figured out. It will be preferable to see Sierra Leone Navy to partner with neighboring West African countries this fighting illegal fishing,” Jorim Jerry asserted.