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Montevideo, September 25th 2018 - 11:24 UTC

Spanish trawler caught illegally fishing in South Atlantic fined in Argentina and Spain

Thursday, March 1st 2018 - 11:58 UTC
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 Playa Pesmar Uno was fined 400.000 Euros by Argentina plus seizure of the catch Playa Pesmar Uno was fined 400.000 Euros by Argentina plus seizure of the catch
Pesquerias Marinenses will have to pay 60.000 Euros to Spain's Monitoring Center for ignoring warnings it was entering Argentina's EEZ Pesquerias Marinenses will have to pay 60.000 Euros to Spain's Monitoring Center for ignoring warnings it was entering Argentina's EEZ

Argentina's Fisheries Secretariat imposed a 400.000 Euros fine, (the highest possible) and the seizure of the cargo, some 550.000 Euros, to Galicia's Pesquerias Marinenses following the arrest of trawler Playa Pesmar Uno which was caught operating in Argentina's EEZ, in early February.

 According to Galicia media the defense solicitors reached an agreement with Argentine authorities which means if payment is complied in a ten day period, the total fine will be reduced 25% to Euros 310.000. Article 51 of Argentine Bill 24.922 establishes a minimum and maximum fine of 5 and 10 million Pesos (200.000/400.000 Euros) for illegal fishing.

Reference the seized cargo of Playa Pesmar Uno, 337,7 tons of mostly hake and squid, which was valued in some 550.000 Euros, there are two options, either it is auctioned or the company can buy it back at an established price by Argentine authorities. Pesquerias Marnenses will decide in coming hours, since it is very much interested in returning to fishing in the high seas.

Playa Pesmar Uno was arrested on 4 February fishing is Argentine waters, and although the captain vehemently argued he never crossed into the EEZ, the company later admitted that in effect she had sailed a quarter of a mile into Argentina, blaming mal-functioning GPS.

However the Spanish Fisheries Secretariat which constantly checks the position of Spanish fishing vessels globally from its Madrid Monitoring Center, with a web connected to the so called blue boxes in each vessel, confirmed that the Playa Pesmar Uno was warned several times it was entering Argentine waters. This means that Pesquerias Marinenses will have to pay an additional fine of 60.000 Euros to the Spanish Fisheries ministry.

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  • DemonTree

    The discount makes sense to get them to pay up without more trouble, but the fine should be higher in the first place. Even with the cargo seized as well as the fine, that's a good risk-to-reward ratio for the fishermen.

    Time for the law makers to update that fine; they should set it to some multiple of the potential value of the cargo, to avoid problems with inflation later.

    Mar 04th, 2018 - 09:17 pm 0
  • Enrique Massot

    Over 300 tons of hake and squid, valued in some 550.000 Euros and they get fined 400,000 Euros with potential discounts?

    No wonder they try the trick over and over--if they get caught from time to time they still make a kill.

    On other news, Argentina president Mauricio Macri told parliamentarians that growth is happening.

    “That is what we did,” he said. “That invisible growth did happen.”

    His comment created a flurry of posts on social media. It's not everyday that a president pushes the limits of surrealism to new frontiers.

    https://losandes.com.ar/article/view?slug=macri-hablo-de-crecimiento-invisible-y-desperto-una-ola-de-furia-en-las-redes

    Mar 03rd, 2018 - 01:50 am -1
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Mr. Massot
    I'm with you with the “potential discount”, shouldn't be one, period.
    But I don't think they are taking the stolen good for free either(I hope).

    “Reference the seized cargo of Playa Pesmar Uno, 337,7 tons of mostly hake and squid, which was valued in some 550.000 Euros, there are two options, either it is auctioned or the company can buy it back at an established price by Argentine authorities”

    Mar 03rd, 2018 - 05:12 am -1
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