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President of the Committee for the Sustainable Management of the South Pacific Giant Squid (CALAMASUR), Alfonso Miranda Eyzaguirre, denounced that illegal fishing represents 23 billion dollars in losses for countries worldwide (Mundo Acuícola)
The President of the Committee for the Sustainable Management of the South Pacific Giant Squid (CALAMASUR), Alfonso Miranda Eyzaguirre, urged the governments of Argentina, Chile, Peru and Ecuador to make efforts against illegal fishing of ships from distant countries that put at risk of depredation to the fishing resources of those countries and the sovereignty of these nations.
It was then that the Naval Prefecture of Argentina detected the ship “HUA XIANG 801” of Chinese flag, 72 meters in length and 1,245 of Coarse Tone, making illegal fishing in jurisdictional waters of its country and ordered it to stop, before which the ship He tried to ram the Navy ship and fled to international waters in the middle of shooting. It was learned that Argentina has requested the arrest of this pirate vessel.
Miranda Eyzaguirre estimated that illegal fishing extracts approximately 20 million tons of fish per year at a value of 23 billion dollars (1 of every 5 fish in the world is captured by pirates).
He added that the most vulnerable are developing countries and island states. “According to the Ministry of Production (PRODUCE), in Peru it represents 500 million dollars annually,” he said. 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”, he added.
For his part, Roberto Rumiche, fisherman delegate for Peru in CALAMASUR, mentioned that seafarers have sighted numerous Chinese boats “fishing for squid in our 200 miles of the Sea of Grau”.
“The government must prohibit them from using our ports, carrying food, fuel or working in the SIMA,” he said.
In turn, David Epstein, industrial delegate in the Peruvian section of CALAMASUR, expressed his concern about the unfair competition that originates from this illegal fishing that affects artisanal fishermen and the Peruvian processing plants.
“I trust that the authorities will put an end to this illegal fishing in our territorial waters,” he concluded.
Finally, the owner of Calamasur, Alfonso Miranda Eyzaguirre recalled that more than 350 Asian ships are deployed 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. .
“It is not absurd to think that if Peru has less giant squid catches in recent years, to the point that China has exceeded our fishing volumes, in large part because they extract our hydrobiological resources in a furtive way and putting sustainability at risk of this species and the ecosystem itself. We know that PRODUCE is going to be more drastic in control, “he concluded.