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Pirate Fishing Ship Turned Away from Island Nation

Bluefin tuna.
Bluefin tuna. (Image credit: Richard Herrmann /

Your tuna is no good here. A fishing vessel has been denied entry to the island nation of Mauritius, due to evidence that the ship had been engaging in illegal fishing, according to a release from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

It's the second time in less than a month that a large tuna ship has been denied entry to a country in this region due to suspicion of "pirate fishing."

Thanks to "the African regional partnership to stop illegal fishing, FISH-i: Africa, port officials were aware that the [ship] had been denied landing in the Seychelles on March 26 on suspicion of illegal fishing and forging of documents," the release noted.

The ship, named the Premier, is owned by the South Korean seafood giant Dongwon Industries Co., which also owns Starkist Tuna. The vessel was first reported to be illegally fishing in the water's of Liberia in November 2011, according to the statement.

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