Disaster in sight for the environment as Chinese pirates attack

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This time, Chinese piracy does not refer to those trinkets and imitations that we buy and that break right after the first use. It is much more serious. On the sly, ignored by the mainstream media suspiciously, Chinese piracy now includes hundreds of ships and lots of money. And one of the greatest treasures on the Brazilian coast – our marine biodiversity – is in danger of being destroyed by greed and irresponsibility. 

China is the second largest economy in the world and the first in the ranking of fisheries. It would be fine if she respected international law and restricted exploration to its immense territorial sea. However – true to the philosophy that affronts any right when it comes to profit – China fishes illegally in all quarters of the seven seas. Its gigantic fleet invades other people’s waters, adopting a diabolical strategy with the support of larger vessels for refueling and unloading. Thus, they can spend months at a time offshore, transferring tons of fish to factory vessels.

Since 2013, Nature magazine has been warning of the excess of Chinese boats in the oceans and their usual method of dragging – a disaster for the marine ecosystem, as recently caused on the coast of Africa. The journal Science published a study showing that, starting in 2048, populations of fish and other marine animals “will collapse if the trend of fishing and habitat destruction continues at the same pace”.

With an eye on the South Atlantic, China tried to reach an agreement with the Uruguayan government in 2013 to establish a support base for its boats. The proposal only failed because of the immediate and energetic reaction of environmentalists. Did China give up? Not at all: your goal now is Brazil. The company that represents these interests brought a similar proposal to the government of Rio Grande do Sul with initial investments of US $ 30 million (R $ 160 million). The coast of Rio Grande do Sul would be the new base for the expansion of the activity. Whoever saw the details of the project got goosebumps. Between the lines, zero restrictions, permission for everything and frightening numbers, such as the construction of a trawling fleet of 400 boats.

There are reports that in the Pacific Ocean 260 Chinese ships are currently sailing between Ecuador’s EEZ and the Galapagos Archipelago Marine Reserve. Aware that Chinese fishing does not even respect marine sanctuaries, it is feared that the same will happen here. The only and honorable reaction came from the Union of Shipowners and the Fishing Industries of Itajaí and Region (Sindipi).

Disaster in sight for the environment as Chinese pirates attack

China’s fishing vessel, which, with Japan, leads illegal fishing in the world (AFP)

The text says: “according to information, based on reports and publications from other countries already exploited by these vessels, they do not practice sustainable fishing in their operations, on the contrary, they fish in a predatory manner, processing everything that is caught”.

This is yet another example of how China treats the environment and wildlife. After Wuhan’s mess, which caused the pandemic to explode, more dark clouds appear over the seas. All that is missing is a black flag with the skull and crossbones.

 

 

Source: Domtotal – Fernando Fabbrini