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Ten people, including five foreign nationals, have been detained in the provinces of Cabo Delgado and Sofala for allegedly catching lobster and shrimp in a protected area during a closed period.
A further five foreign nationals have been arrested in the district of Macomia, Cabo Delgado province, for fishing for lobster in the Quirimbas National Park.
Two of the detainees were betrayed to authorities by their alleged accomplices in the administrative post of Mucoche, according to the police, their licenses reportedly either expired or non-existent.
The Quirimbas National Park is a conservation area whose main protected species include large terrestrial and marine mammals such as the elephant and the dugong.
In the city of Beira, Sofala province, five Mozambicans, including a member of the police, have been accused of catching shrimp during the closed season and felling mangrove trees.
According to the police, the suspects were caught in the possession of approximately 100 kilos of shrimp, 50 nets harmful to marine life because of their dimensions, 20 canoes allegedly used for illegal activities, a car and two carts.
Watch the Miramar report on the Beira case:Source: A Verdade / Miramar
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