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Pakistan maritime agency arrests 29 Indian fishermen

KARACHI: 29 Indian fishermen were arrested by Pakistan’s maritime authorities for allegedly fishing in the country’s territorial waters, officials said on Thursday.

A Pakistan Maritime Security Agency[1] (PMSA) spokesman said the Indian fishermen were handed over to the Docks Police Station[2] for further legal process. The authorities also seized five Indian boats.

“The Indian fishermen will be presented before a judicial magistrate,” a police official said. He said the Maritime Security Forces[3] had apprehended the Indian fishermen for fishing illegally in the Arabian Sea[4] in Pakistan’s coastal area.

Last month, the PMSA had twice apprehended Indian fishermen.

On March 26, the PMSA had arrested 100 Indian fishermen and seized 19 boats while in early March some 85 Indian fishermen were arrested and sent to jail.

On January 27, the Maritime Security Agency had arrested 60 Indian fishermen and seized 10 boats.

The arrests of fishermen have continued this year even though Pakistan released some 219 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture on January 5 and before that released another batch of 220 Indian fishermen on December 25.

Fishermen from both countries are arrested frequently by the maritime security agencies of both countries for illegal fishing and often stray into illegal waters due to absence of any proper technology to confirm the coastline border between Pakistan and India near Sir Creek in the Arabian Sea.
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Shoreline projects in St. Johns County could overlap with sea turtle season, but not without conditions

More than half a year after Hurricane Matthew, there are some emergency dune restoration and beach renourishment projects at various stages of completion and it seems some of that work will overlap with sea turtle season, which begins Monday. There are two sand placement projects currently in the construction phase in St. Johns County. One is a dune replacement project in the Vilano Beach/North Beach area by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Florida Inland Navigation District, the other is a berm and dune restoration project in Summer Haven managed by the St. Augustine Port, Waterway and Beach District. County spokesman Michael Ryan told The Record on Wednesday the phase in which sand will be pumped onto the north beaches is scheduled to be complete by May 1, although there will still be work involving heavy equipment done higher up on the beaches after that date. The overall project is supposed to be complete by June. Meanwhile, the project in Summer Haven, which began in December, is scheduled to be complete by the end of May.

There are no other significant sand placement projects anticipated for the duration of this sea turtle season, Ryan said. However, we re pursuing every effort we can to renourish and restore our beaches after the hurricane.

He said the county is working closely with the agencies involved and trying to strike a balance between the need for sand placement and beach restoration with the need to ensure the safety of marine turtles and other protected species who use the beaches. He said the county continues to pursue commitments and funding for beach renourishment projects to meet some more long-term needs along the shoreline, but that he does not anticipate any of those efforts will come to fruition before Oct. 31, which is the close of sea turtle season. Permits from state and federal agencies allow the contractors to work 24/7 on the current sites. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Wildlife Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Corps have all issued permits for the work. The county says its 20-year Incidental Take Permit with the FWS approved in August 2006 does not apply to these projects since neither of them are technically county projects. The Incidental Take Permit authorizes the unintentional taking of federally-protected species caused by vehicular related activities regulated or managed by the county. (Additionally, the county s Habitat Conservation Plan, a statutory component of the ITP application, describes the various programs, policies, plans and measures to minimize and mitigate the take of sea turtles and the native beach mouse that may be related to ITP-authorized activities.)

Ryan said the permits issued for the current projects require those parties to acquire the services of a marine turtle permit holder, of which the county has seven. He said the permit holders have to monitor the project daily, complete a daily survey and be on call 24/7 for duration of project to respond to turtle emergencies as needed.

He said the permit holders are also responsible for looking for live turtles or nests within the activity zones and relocating any turtles or nests found within the zones. Relocation of a healthy turtle entails moving it to another area of the beach not within the activity zone. Relocation of injured turtles requires the aid of a sea turtle hospital, which can rehabilitate and relocate the turtles. If a contractor sees a marine turtle during the operation, they must cease all work and immediately call the permit holder to take any mitigating actions necessary before proceeding. In terms of interactions between turtles and contractors, Ryan said it s a rare phenomenon since the turtles are more active at night. Ryan said marine turtle permit holders must go through special training, pass a test and have at least 10 years of experience in monitoring marine turtles to qualify.

St. Johns County beaches provide nesting habitat for federally-protected wildlife species including the loggerhead, leatherback, green and Kemp s ridley sea turtles as well as the Anastasia Island beach mouse. According to a presentation posted on the county s website for marine turtle patrol volunteers for the 2016 nesting season, the countywide nest count spiked from under 300 in 2009 to 865 in 2010 but dropped to 476 in 2014 before recovering in 2015 with 679 nests. Most nests belong to loggerheads. In 2015, there were 160 nests in Ponte Vedra Beach, 202 across State Road A1A from the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, 113 in South Ponte Vedra, 73 in the Vilano/North Beach area, 36 at Anastasia State Park, 28 in St. Augustine, 24 at Matanzas North and 43 in Summer Haven.

To comply with regulations that protect the turtles and the Anastasia Island beach mouse, beach driving and lighting rules will be in effect starting Monday. Vehicular traffic on the beach is only allowed from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Additionally, beachfront properties are required to reduce the impact of interior and exterior lights which may impact nesting sea turtles.

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Crime Scene, April 27

Among reports filed with police:

1 Union Street: A security guard at Georgia-Pacific called to report three guys were on the paper company s property and breaking things. Police arrived and took the two 18-year-olds and one 19-year-old to jail, each charged with criminal trespassing. K and Norwich streets: A police officer saw a woman he suspected of practicing prostitution at the street corner. During the encounter that ensured, the officer discovered the woman had a crack pipe. The female was arrested after she became belligerent with officers, the report said

K and Union streets: A woman was in her vehicle when two men approached her. They snatched money from her and ran away. The money was stashed in her bra. Wedding Ring Found

2000 block of Albany Street: Someone reported hearing gunshots and police arrived to check it out. Police did not find any bullet shell casings, but an officer did find a man s wedding ring during the search. Police secured the ring as found property.

Theft of Fish

10 Airport Plaza: A fish thief stole eight coy from a pond in the back of Kennedy Outfitters on St. Simons Island. The fish were last seen around 5 p.m. on Saturday. The pond is in area enclosed by a fence, but the thief/thieves must have snuck through a rear gate, the report said. There was a net nearby that could have been used in the fish heist.

Animal Problem

1800 block of K Street: A resident s dogs were running loose and chasing kids as they left Burroughs-Molette Elementary School. A concerned citizen flagged down a city patrol officer for help. The police officer contacted a county animal services officer, who issued the dogs owner a written warning to be more responsible.

Larry Hobbs