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Excerpt from caribbeannationalweekly.com

Suriname has announced plans to establish a database of all fishing boats registered in the Dutch-speaking Caribbean country in a move aimed at curbing illegal fishing and other criminal activities.

“There will be a database of all fishing vessels in the fight against illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing in Surinamese waters. All fishing vessels operating with a valid license from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries will be included in this database,” the government said in a statement.

It said in addition to the name and registration number, other information about each vessel will be added to the database, so each vessel will be uniquely recognizable.

The ministry said it has signed an agreement with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Guianas for the implementation of the project ‘Populating the new fisheries vessel database of Suriname.’

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