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Turkish Boats Intercepted With Illegal Live Tuna

Algerian authorities said on Sunday they have detained three Turkish trawlers and one Algerian vessel for illegally fishing more than 200 tons of tuna.

The four vessels were intercepted after the Turkish trawlers transferred the living tuna to the Algerian vessel, Algeria’s fishing and sea resources department said, quoted by the official APS news agency.

The three Turkish vessels - the Abdi Baba 3, Serter Ahmed 1 and Aquadem 2 - were being held at the port of Annaba and the Algerian ship had been taken to Bouharoune, west of Algiers.

International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas has cut the annual Atlantic catch to 22,000 tons in 2009 from 28,500 tons in 2008.

Algeria has an annual quota of 800 tons.

The tuna caught by the Abdi Baba 3 were to be put back into the sea, the authorities said.