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Weird News Ecuador worries about hundreds of Chinese fishing boats near the Galapagos

14:41  24 july  2020
14:41  24 july  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Galápagos national park directorate. The Galapagos Islands are recognized by In certain parts, no fishing is allowed. The Chinese fishing vessel is alleged to have broken multiple laws The arrest is being celebrated in Ecuador and by marine advocates, but it barely contains the

Les îles Galapagos (image d'illustration) © wikimedia.org The Galapagos Islands (illustrative image)

In a story that repeats every year around the same time , a gigantic Chinese fishing fleet was detected a few weeks ago in the Pacific, and is now in international waters between the exclusive economic zone of mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos marine reserve.

With our correspondent in Quito, Éric Samson

About 260 ships sail off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific, confirmed in local media Rear-Admiral Darwin Jarrín, head of the Ecuadorian navy. "All the countries in the region are worried about the presence of this Chinese fleet made up of trawlers, but not only that," he said. There are also tankers, factory ships, logistics vessels that cover and can easily fish over an area of ​​over 30,000 km2, equivalent to our provinces of Guayas, El Oro, Santa Elena and Los Rios. "

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Galápagos national park directorate. The Galapagos Islands are recognized by In certain parts, no fishing is allowed. The Chinese fishing vessel is alleged to have broken multiple laws The arrest is being celebrated in Ecuador and by marine advocates, but it barely contains the

At least 260 vessels, mainly from China , have been spotted fishing within the 188-mile limit of the Ecuadorian archipelago's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) for several days, according to authorities from the Latin American country's navy forces.

International waters

In a virtual press meeting, the Minister of Defense, General Oswaldo Jarrín, insisted on the fact that the Chinese fleet was not currently in an illegal situation:" There is an exclusive economic zone for mainland Ecuador and another for the Galapagos archipelago. Between the two is a great corridor of international waters where Chinese ships have the right to be and over which no country, including Ecuador, has jurisdiction. »

For to avoid any illegal fishing , the Ecuadorian navy incorporates on Friday July 24 in its ranks the big trawler Fu Yuan Yu Leng, renamed Hualcopo, boarded in August 2017 , for having illegally fished in the Galapagos, ironically.

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