Valparaíso - From the Satellite Monitoring Center of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service, the Deputy Director of Fisheries, Fernando Naranjo, and the Chief of Fisheries, Pablo Ortiz, delivered the eighth report on the situation of the Chinese fishing fleet that continues to operate in the Pacific Ocean, near several South American countries.
Central Satellite Monitoring of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service, the Deputy Director of Fisheries, Fernando Naranjo, and the Chief of Fisheries, Pablo Ortiz (Photo: Sernapesca)
According to the satellite surveillance report, during the last week the Asian fleet moved south through international waters, but it still remains off the Peruvian coast. Of the 330 vessels that remain operational, the closest to Chile is 290 miles from our exclusive economic zone.
Last week, two Chinese-flagged ships had started a journey to the Atlantic Ocean and were on the block of Juan Fernández. Their sailing speed remained between seven and nine knots, which proves that they were not carrying out fishing operations. On Friday morning they had already passed through the Strait of Magellan and were about to leave our territory.
This week, a third Chinese ship embarked on the same route and is currently traveling between Iquique and Tocopilla.
The Deputy Director of Fisheries, Fernando Naranjo, stressed that according to the vigilance and control exercised continuously by Sernapesca and the Chilean Navy, the possibilities of illegal fishing operations in our jurisdictional waters are minimal. The satellite monitoring images of fishing vessels are available on the website of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service, through an agreement with the international platform Global Fishing Watch.
These types of fleets are managed with "reconnaissance" vessels, so it is understood that the vessels that are passing to the external sector of the Argentine EEZ in the South Atlantic will monitor the movements of the squid and their state of maturity to evaluate the beginning of Illex fishing.
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