South American squids remain exposed as China’s fishery surges


Miami (AP) — US, China, and 13 other government negotiators protect squid stocks threatened on the high seas off South America amid a recent surge in activity by China’s pelagic fishing fleet. Could not take action for.

The South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO) is responsible for ensuring conservation and sustainable fishing off the west coast of South America.

At SPRFMO’s annual meeting, which ended on Friday, Ecuador and the EU proposed measures to require all vessels to have observers on board by 2028 and to unload their catch on huge refrigerated vessels only at ports rather than at sea. Did. Limiting illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

There were also competing proposals to limit the amount of squid that could be caught, one of which was from China.

However, none of the proposed measures were adopted at private meetings, with US and European environmentalists and some seafood importers promoting restrictions on fishing in the high seas, which occupy about half of the globe. It hindered my efforts. ..

CALAMA SUR, composed of representatives of the squid industry in Mexico, Chile, Peru and Ecuador, said he was very disappointed with the results of the four-day virtual meeting as an observer, calling SPRFMO “illegal, unreported, regulated.” “Uncooperative” in the fight against uncooperative fishing,

“We cannot accept this situation as a result,” the group said in a statement.

Craig Loveridge, New Zealand-based SPRFMO Secretary-General, did not respond to requests for comment.

According to SPRFMO, the number of Chinese national vessels in the South Pacific has surged 13-fold from 54 in 2009 to 707 in 2020. Meanwhile, China’s squid catch has increased from 70,000 tonnes in 2009 to 358,000 tonnes.

Biologists are naturally abundant, named after the nutrient-rich streams found on the west coast of South America, as the boom occurred in Argentina, Mexico, Japan, and elsewhere where squids were out of stock. Warns that Humboldt squid remained vulnerable to overfishing in the past.

Ann Research Last year, the Associated Press and Spanish broadcaster Univision revealed how traditionally lawless zones have triggered the worst criminals in the seafood industry. ..

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