Coast Guard vessel Mantilla and the Korean squid vessel 315 Sun Hae. (Photo: Prefectura Naval Argentina)
Korean squid jigger detained for illegal fishing
Thursday, April 29, 2010, 22:30 (GMT + 9)
The Argentine Naval Prefecture (PNA) stopped a Korean vessel while it worked illegally in waters under Argentine jurisdiction.
On Wednesday night, the coastguard vessel Mantilla of the PNA detected the squid jigger 315 Sun Hae fishing at one nautical mile within
the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), on course with the San Matias gulf, to the south of the city of Quequen, in the Buenos Aires province.
Upon observing that the foreign boat was in Argentine waters, the captain of the Mantilla issued a detention order to be able to perform an inspection, the Prefecture reports.
The crew of the South Korean ship attempted to evade the inspection: It extinguished its navigation lights system, suspended all fishing tasks, disconnected the AIS System – which allows automatic identification and the monitoring of the boat’s position in real time – and headed towards international waters.
As a result, the coastguard vessel had to execute manoeuvres for its detention.
Once detained, personnel of the PNA verified that the foreign vessel did not possess fishing permits and that it carried 80 tonnes of squid (Illex argentinus) on board.
Upon verifying that it infringed
the Federal Fisheries Law N° 24,922, the Argentine authorities led the vessel towards the port of Quequen, to lodge the corresponding charges against the vessel’s crew.
The 315 Sun Hae, of 49.01 metres in length and 9 metres in width, carried 34 crewmembers on board.
The home port of the vessel is Seo Gu Busan, in South Korea. The fishing vessel had set sail 7 December 2009 from the port of Montevideo, Uruguay.
By Analia Murias