Russian trawlers detained by Norway go back to sea

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MURMANSK, October 29 (RIA Novosti, Yekaterina Kozlova) - Two Russian fishing boats, the Kapitan Gorbachev and the Dmitry Pokramovich, which were detained by the Norwegian Coast Guard on October 24 and released October 28 evening after posting bail, went trawling again, a duty fleet control officer said Saturday.

"The vessels were freed because both owners paid bail to the Norwegian side," the officer said.

He continued that the two boats went trawling to an area that was currently hit by a storm.

The ships' owners earlier said they did not recognize the fine imposed by the Norwegians and intended to lodge an appeal with a Norwegian court.

The Norwegian Coast Guard detained the fishing boat Kapitan Gorbachev and the transport vessel Dmitry Pokramovich near the island of Medvezhy in the Barents Sea after the boats entered a 12-mile exclusive fishing zone without permission on October 24. The Norwegian authorities accused the ships' crews of unauthorized fish reloading in Norway's territorial waters. The latest arrests came in the wake of last week's drama involving the Elektron trawler, which the Norwegians pursued across the Barents Sea for five days after accusing the Russian crew of violating Norwegian fishing regulations.

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