Published: Wednesday 15 March 2000

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea has ordered the release of the ship Camouco registered in Panama and its Spanish master against a security of us $1.2 million. The vessel, licensed to catch Patagonian toothfish, was arrested by a French frigate for illegally fishing in the exclusive economic zone of the Crozet Islands (French Southern and Antarctic Territories) in September last year. The crew had left earlier except for a few members who remained to maintain the ship.

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