Illegal Fishing Represents Around US $ 23,000 Million a Year Worldwide

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In Peru it is estimated that affectation reaches 500 million dollars.

Illegal fishing in the world represents about 23,000 million dollars a year, estimated the President of the Committee for the Sustainable Management of the Giant Squid of the South Pacific (Calamasur), Alfonso Miranda Eyzaguirre.

“Illegal fishing extracts approximately 20 million tons of fish per year at a value of 23,000 million dollars, that is, one in five fish in the world is captured by pirates,” he explained.

He also said that the most vulnerable are developing countries and island states.

“According to the Ministry of Production (Produce), in Peru illegal fishing represents 500 million dollars annually,” he added.

Miranda Eyzaguirre pointed out that the Peruvian government has made known its position against this scourge in all international forums such as the OROP – PS.

“However, the impudence with which this fleet operates, subsidized by their countries, requires joint action by the governments of the region to eradicate them from our coasts and declare them as illegal ships so that they are banned worldwide from continuing to prey on the seas”, Miranda added.

In this regard, he considered that Argentina, Chile, Peru and Ecuador should make efforts against the illegal fishing of ships from distant countries that put at risk of depredation the fishing resources of those countries and the sovereignty of these nations.

Illegal Fishing Represents Around US $ 23,000 Million a Year Worldwide


He said that the Naval Prefecture of Argentina detected the Chinese flag “Hua Xiang 801”, with 72 meters of length and 1,245 of Coarse Tone, doing illegal fishing in jurisdictional waters of its country, and that it fled after it was ordered to stop.

For his part, Roberto Rumiche, fisherman delegate for Peru in Calamasur, mentioned that seafarers have sighted numerous Asian boats fishing for squid within 200 miles of the Sea of ​​Grau.

In turn, David Epstein, industrial delegate in the Peruvian section of Calamasur said that illegal fishing is unfair competition because it affects both artisanal fishermen and Peruvian processing plants.

Finally, Eyzaguirre recalled that more than 350 Asian ships operate off the coasts of Argentina, Chile, Peru and Ecuador and that they have reiterated illegal fishing, so effective actions must be taken to stop their actions.

“Illegal fishing puts the sustainability of the giant squid in the Peruvian sea at risk, as well as the ecosystem itself,” said Eyzaguirre.


Source: Andina