The Oyang 77 together with the Oyang 75, which is also located in Montevideo port, were denounced in 2018 by Oceanosanos due to their record of illegal fishing and abuse of Human Rights:
In 2012, both were convicted in New Zealand of illegal fishing, false fishing declaration, illegal dumping of oil at sea, fishing of endangered species, abuse of Human Rights, and sexual abuse on board (1).
However, no preventive action was taken and, again, in February 2019 the Oyang 77 returned to illegal fishing and was captured by the Argentine Prefecture within its Exclusive Economic Zone (2).
Just 10 days ago, the Oceana organization published an investigation in which the vessel is detected by turning off its Automatic Identification System (AIS), thus avoiding providing its satellite position, during its recent illegal fishing activities (3).
The AIS is necessary mainly for security reasons, and in the background, to make fishing activities more transparent, something that does not happen with many ships that arrive at the capital's port (4).
The Oyang 77 arrived in Montevideo port a few days after the National Directorate of Aquatic Resources (DINARA) gave a lecture (5) on the actions that are supposedly taken to «prevent, discourage and eliminate illegal fishing» (sic).
Director of the Dirección Nacional de Recursos Acuáticos, Andrés Domingo, during thepress conference ►