President Danilo Medina (C) at the meeting with the Bahamas Chancellor. (Photo: presidencia.gob.do)
Joint fight with Bahamas against illegal fishing
Friday, November 02, 2012, 02:00 (GMT + 9)
The governments of the Dominican Republic and Bahamas intend to work together to tackle illegal fishing and environmental harm in its territorial waters.
To do this, the Dominican president, Danilo Medina, was visited by a delegation from Bahamas, led by the foreign minister, Frederick Audly Mitchel.
The meeting was held at the National Palace and was attended by Dominican Foreign Minister, Carlos Morales Troncoso, and by other officials in the area of Agriculture and National Security of Bahamas.
After the official meeting, the officials explained that they will develop joint plans to fight drug trafficking, illegal fishing and to strength bilateral relations.
In addition, they said they discussed the possibility of a memorandum, for which they established two committees meeting in 14 days in Bahamian territory.
According to Mitchell, "Both countries have committed to protecting the territorial waters to prevent illegal fishing."
"I hope that when this meeting comes to an end, President Medina will visit Bahamas," said the minister.
He also recalled that for 20 years there have been bilateral relations, which have recently been strengthened.
Illegal fishing activities in the waters of the Caribbean Sea have threatened various endangered resources and have caused an imbalance in the environment due to the lack of control, Siete Días reported.
By Analia Murias