Undiscovered Chinese fishing fleet suspected of invading Argentine waters: Report

According to recent reports, up to 6,000 foreign fishing vessels may have disabled public tracking equipment along Argentina’s territorial waters for more than 24 hours and illegally fished in the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). I’m ringing a warning that I have sex.

“66% of these cases are the responsibility of the Chinese fleet,” June report Along OceanaIs a Washington-based non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the world’s oceans. According to the report, hundreds of Chinese fishing vessels are primarily targeting squid, which is essential to both Argentina’s economy and ecosystem.

The analysis concluded that from January 2018 to April this year, undetected fishing activities spent a total of more than 600,000 hours and many vessels turned off the Automatic Identification System (AIS) within a mile of the Argentine EEZ. I am.

AIS of Global Fishing Watch, an online technology platform launch Oceana, SkyTruth and Google monitored and recorded ship name, flag state and location data in 2016.

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Oceana’s report showing Chinese vessels sailing in Argentine waters. (Provided by Oceana)

Mara Valentine, manager of Oceana’s Illegal Fisheries and Transparency Campaign, told The Epoch Times in an email:

“When a vessel disables an AIS device, it can hide activities such as fishing, transshipment, and vessel location from public visibility, and can hide potential illegal activities such as fishing across the Argentine EEZ. You can, “she writes.

These foreign fleets mainly catch Illex argentinus, commonly known as the Argentine short fin squid. Economically important species are found on the Argentine coast, Uruguay and Brazil, contributing an average of $ 579 million annually to the South American economy, sometimes up to $ 2.4 billion.

Squid can also be used as food for tuna and swordfish. The report warns that the loss of these populations can lead to ecological devastation.

The report also found that more than 800 foreign vessels were engaged in fishing for approximately 900,000 hours, 69% of which were occupied by more than 400 Chinese vessels. Others came from Taiwan, South Korea and Spain.

In contrast, local Argentine fishing vessels operated less than 1% of their operations in the same area.

According to VOA News, China, the world’s largest fisherman, owns one-quarter of the world’s fishing vessels and more than one-third of the world’s total catch.

“Our oceans need protection, not reckless fishing from China or other distant surface fleets,” Valentine said in a June 2 press release.

She proposes to the government to better manage imported seafood to ensure product safety and legality.

“You can follow the trajectory of the fish from the boat you caught, [and] Until it lands on the consumer’s plate, it’s the key to reducing the potential of IUU’s products [Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated] Imported fishing, “she said.

Chinese fisheries officials have set penalties for illegal and abusive fisheries in 2020, but experts say it is unclear how these measures are being implemented, VOA reports. did.

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