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Uruguayan navy ousts 13 Brazilian flagged fishing vessels from sovereign waters

Wednesday, February 29th 2012 - 07:36 UTC
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The Uruguayan navy patrolling   The Uruguayan navy patrolling

The Uruguayan Navy and Coast Guard impeded 13 Brazilian flagged trawlers from entering sovereign waters to fish, according to an official release from the Presidency website

The incidents occurred during the first half of February and although the vessels’ flags were not first revealed, Uruguayan Navy sources confirmed they were all Brazilian.

The operations took place during a combined sea-air planned operation in Uruguay’s jurisdictional waters coordinated by the Uruguayan Navy.

To intercept the challenging fishing vessels “the Navy made use of a maritime patrol aircraft B200T which detected, located and photographed the intruding vessels”.

This patrolling was additional to the normal tasks of the Navy and Coast Guard.

The release from Government House says that “the combined sir-sea presence forced the fishing vessels to cross the maritime border with Brazil thus interruption their illicit catching activities in Uruguayan territorial waters”.

Categories: Fisheries, Brazil, Uruguay.
Tags: Brazil, Uruguay.

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  • GreekYoghurt

    That looks like militarisation of the South Atlantic to me. Someone should be taking it to the UN with pictures of TV aerials as radars.

    Feb 29th, 2012 - 07:56 am 0
  • Teaboy2

    To be fair the brazilian fisher men were breaking the law by fishing in Uruguays territorial waters. Sure they have the right to innocent passage but not to fish their without a license from the uruguayian fishing authorities.

    Feb 29th, 2012 - 10:52 am 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    Putting a navy patrol vessel in the South Atlantic is clearly a breach of the Argentinian UN Statements on Militarising the South Atlantic though. Surely if a vessel moored up in Plymouth can be accused of militarising the South Atlantic, then a real navy boat, actually in the South Atlantic is far more guilty of militarising it and should be taken to the UN with a photo of a submarine out of the News of the World.

    Feb 29th, 2012 - 12:40 pm 0
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