Wednesday, June 19th 2013 - 00:30 UTC

Argentine Coast Guard catches Chinese jigger with 180 tons of fresh squid

An Argentine Coast Guard vessel during a routine patrol caught a Chinese flagged jigger with 180 tons of fresh squid in its hold, and is now being escorted to the Patagonian port of Puerto Madryn where she is expected to arrive Wednesday midday.

GC-24 Mantilla escorting the jigger Fu Yuan Yu 873 to Puerto Madryn

The jigger Fu Yuan Yu 873 was sighted 370 kilometres off Peninsula Valdes and was ordered on several occasions, in English and in Spanish, and following international protocol to halt so a special Coast Guard party could board her.

According to the official release the Chinese jigger fishing in Argentine waters with no licence, at first refused to obey and tried to flee from the patrol vessel GC-24 Mantilla but finally halted and was boarded when the 180 tons of squid were discovered in the hold together with clear evidence of fresh squid on deck and that the vessel had been operating.

“The jigger should be arriving at the latest Wednesday midday. She has a crew of 29 and we found 180 tons of fresh squid in her hold, and yes at first she tried to ignore us and flee but finally halted”, said Jorge Alberto Castello head of the Argentine Coast Guard detachment in Puerto Madryn.

He added that the jigger originally from Fu Zhou had been operating in Argentine waters for some time. “We have contacted the Chinese consulate and as the investigation advances we’ll know what is to happen with the vessel and as to the squid, most probably the Fisheries Directory will decide the fine depending on the volume of squid she was carrying”.

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1 LEPRecon (#) Jun 19th, 2013 - 01:21 pm Report abuse
Oh, must've been during the 10 days at sea that Argentina can actually afford the fuel for.
2 knarfw (#) Jun 19th, 2013 - 05:33 pm Report abuse
They communicated in English? Hang them, actually I'm more surprised the Mantilla managed to stay afloat.
3 reality check (#) Jun 19th, 2013 - 06:17 pm Report abuse
Bit embarrassing when they had to ask for a tow back to harbour though. True, I read it in the paper. The same one carrying the story about the Irish supporting their claim! Honest.
4 ChrisR (#) Jun 19th, 2013 - 07:52 pm Report abuse
@3 reality check

Well I think your comment is perfectly believable given what we know about the argie 'navy'. :o)

I wonder how much the bribe, ahem; the fine is going to be?

TMBOA is going to be really, really mad with the Coast Guard upsetting her new found friends, the Chinese.
5 LEPRecon (#) Jun 20th, 2013 - 06:33 am Report abuse
@2 knarfw

Of course they communicated in English. Who in their right mind would learn Spanish? :)

In fact there are more English speakers in China than any other country on the planet, making English the most widely spoken language in the world.

As for this story, it sounds quite lame considering that the Falkland Islands Fisheries Protection patrols have caught far more poachers in Argentine waters, almost as if Argentina are trying to make themselves look good.
6 ChrisR (#) Jun 20th, 2013 - 06:59 pm Report abuse
5 LEPRecon
“almost as if Argentina are trying to make themselves look good.”

So that's NEVER going to happen while there is a bastard Peronista still breathing!

7 Pete Bog (#) Jun 22nd, 2013 - 01:53 pm Report abuse
You couldn't make this comedy up.

The Chinese are great buddies with Argentina, right?

It always seems to be the Chinese that are caught illegally fishing in Argentina waters, shafting Argentina. The shape of things to come?

Argentina deserves the so called friends it gets.

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