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Argentina confirms one million dollars fines on each of four vessels caught illegally fishing

Wednesday, July 24th 2013 - 06:51 UTC
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Fu Yuan Yu 873’, was intercepted and arrested on 17 June Fu Yuan Yu 873’, was intercepted and arrested on 17 June

Argentina’s Fisheries Under Secretariat confirmed huge fines for three fishing vessels from China and one Spanish which were allegedly caught during the last six months illegally fishing in the South Atlantic exclusive economic zone, EEZ off the coast of Chubut province.

”The Coast Guard has been able to seize four fishing vessels that were operating in Argentina’s 200-mile EEZ. Intervention was given to the Federal Justice and the Fisheries and Aquaculture Under-Secretariat imposed a fine of 5.5 million Argentine Pesos (one million dollars approx at the official exchange rate) for the transgression to the Federal Fisheries Act“ stated Undersecretary Miguel Bustamante.

The fines, amounting to 5.5 million Pesos each, were imposed on Chinese vessels ‘Lu Rong Yu 6177’ and ‘Lu Rong Yu 6178’ moored in Comodoro Rivadavia, and on the ‘Fu Yuan Yu 873’, currently arrested in Puerto Madryn.

The Spanish trawler ‘Piscator’ owned by the Galicia-based firm Pesqueras de Bon was also sanctioned.

‘Lu Rong Yu 6177’ and ‘Lu Rong Yu 6178’ have been docked in Chubut since December 2012, when they were arrested after allegedly caught illegally fishing in Argentine waters. Both ships belong to the same company that has not paid the fine yet.

Under Argentine law failure to pay the fine means legal civil actions will be initiated to collect the money.

The third Chinese trawler, ‘Fu Yuan Yu 873’, was intercepted on 17 June within the 200 miles of the EEZ. The shipping firm was notified of the fine on 15 July.

Meanwhile ‘Piscator’ has been retained since July 2013. According to the Argentine Coast Guard the trawler had two tons of fresh fish on board and a further 250 tons of processed frozen fish in their holds. Bustamante said the ship owner had already been notified of the fine and that ”the company decided to make the payment”. (FIS).-

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  • ChrisR

    DON'T pay the bastards.

    Looking at the crap vessels I would imagine none of them are worth US$ 1M so sink them at the dockside, the argies are used to that.

    I bet when the news gets to Beijing they will make sure the Two Yuan Whore will get no money for The Dark Country after this.

    Happy days!

    Jul 24th, 2013 - 05:15 pm 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Lu Rong Yu 6177 was in Shandong Province yesterday .. nowhere near Chubut. last reported on Lu Rong Yu 6178 in May. She was then also in Shandong; not impounded in Chubut.
    Fu Yuan Yu 873 was fishing a few days ago off West Africa, but I suppose she could be currently arrested in Puerto Madryn.

    I suppose Piscator really is in Argentina, and not fishing somewhere off the Lofotens.

    Jul 24th, 2013 - 06:37 pm 0
  • Briton

    If ya find an argie fishing boat in YOUR waters,
    fine em 2 million ..

    Jul 24th, 2013 - 06:42 pm 0
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