NASSAU, The Bahamas
--- The Government of The Bahamas will engage the Government of the
Dominican Republic on the diplomatic front to address the “long-
standing concerns” that exist with Dominican nationals poaching The
Bahamas’ marine resources, Minister of National Security Dr. the Hon.
Bernard J. Nottage said.
livelihood of our people and a significant part of our economy are tied
to our marine resources,” Dr. Nottage said. “The poaching of our marine
resources has been a matter of much concern for many years.”
Nottage said while the Government attempts to resolve the situation on
the diplomatic front, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force will be outfitted
with the assets necessary for the Force to carry out its mandate.
Defence Force plays a pivotal role in protecting our marine resources
from poachers and thus the provision of the requisite resources of
equipment and trained manpower is essential,” Dr. Nottage said.
government will not waver in ensuring that the necessary resources are
provided for them to effectively carry out their responsibilities,” Dr.
National Security Minister said the reactivation of the Heads of Law
Enforcement Agencies (HONLEA) grouping should have a major impact on
poaching, illegal immigration and the illegal trafficking of arms and
drugs through The Bahamas.
the Defence Force plays a major role in securing our borders, this
responsibility is shared with other law enforcement agencies,” Dr.
Nottage said. “A major reason for this Government re-activating regular
joint meetings of the Heads of Law Enforcement Agencies is to foster a
closer collaboration and the sharing of intelligence and assets among
the Police Force, the Defence Force, Immigration Department, Customs
Department, the Port Department and Her Majesty’s Prison.
“For example, the Police Force Marine Support Services Branch has
a significant number of assets (namely vessels) for use in operations
close to our coastlines and there are plans to utilise them in joint
operations between the Police and Defence Forces in securing our
Nottage said the Government will implement a comprehensive plan to
control the country’s borders and stem the flow of illegal immigration,
illicit drugs and illegal weapons through an “integrated mix of
increased staffing, more robust enforcement, greater investment in
detection technology and infrastructure, and enhanced coordination
between our law enforcement agencies.”
wish to take this opportunity to thank the dedicated and brave men and
women of our law enforcement agencies who, each day, and often at great
risk, perform the task of protecting our borders. As a country, we owe
them a depth of gratitude,” Dr. Nottage added.