Ship's crew won't face charges

Associated PressOctober 25, 2011 

JUNEAU -- A NOAA Fisheries spokeswoman says she doesn't expect charges to be filed against the crew of a ship suspected of illegal fishing.

But Julie Speegle said it's her understanding that the captain, who's from Taiwan, would be delivered to authorities in his country for legal action on their part.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement earlier said the crew would be deported.

Last month, the Coast Guard seized the Bangun Perkasa about 2,600 miles southwest of Kodiak, after a report that the vessel had been fishing illegally with a drift net. A Coast Guard spokeswoman has said the crew initially claimed the vessel was from Indonesia but authorities in Indonesia didn't claim it.

Speegle said the case remains under investigation.

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