Havana, Jun 7. – Cuba ''s Coast Guard reported 542 illegal acts detected on its borders from January 1 to May 31 this year, an increase over the same period in 2011.
In addition to protecting Cuban coasts from phenomena that affect the international community, such as drug trafficking, the Coast Guard also plays an important role in defending the environment.
In remarks to Prensa Latina, Lieutenant Colonel Ramon A. Ramirez stated that in many of the detected activities, involving 532 citizens, the Coast Guard acted in cooperation with provincial Fishing Inspection offices.
At sea, 38 operations were completed, organized by specific zone and objective, while another 21 were directed against illegal poaching where fish populations are limited, Ramirez noted.
According to Ramirez, drift net poaching and species trafficking are among the illegal activities that occur most frequently.(Prensa Latina)