Here's an update from the U.S. Coast Guard:
Oct. 15, 2011
Coast Guard transfers custody of Bangun Perkasa to NOAA
JUNEAU — The Coast Guard today transferred custody of the Bangun Perkasa, a 140-foot fishing vessel seized for illegal high-seas driftnet fishing 2,600 miles southwest of Kodiak, to the NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement.
NOAA will survey the Bangun Perkasa to determine the value of the vessel and its catch, which includes 30 tons of squid and 30 sharks.
NOAA will then coordinate the sale of the catch and the U.S. government will retain the proceeds of the sale.
Federal law provides a process where the owner is afforded a reasonable period of time to come forward and claim the vessel. If the owner is not identified within the statutorily allotted time, the Bangun Perkasa will be forfeited and sold.
Read the full Coast Guard press release here.
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