Russia: Release Of Boat Crew Could Take Time

Russia: Release of boat crew could take time

Russian authorities are suggesting it could be some time before they release the crew of a Japanese fishing boat seized last week.

Russian officials seized the boat, Number 68 Nishino-maru, on Wednesday in the Sea of Japan, citing alleged illegal fishing.

The ship belongs to a crab fishing cooperative in Shimane Prefecture, western Japan.

The vessel departed from a port in Tottori Prefecture on January 26th.

It is currently docked at the port of Nakhodka in the Russian Far East.

Russian officials have told NHK they seized the vessel on suspicion of illegal fishing in the country's exclusive economic zone.

They are reportedly questioning the captain and may arrest him.

The officials say they will question the other 9 crewmembers, and that it could be some time before they are released.

The Japanese Consulate General in Vladivostok says its officials have met with the crewmembers and confirmed they are in good health.