Welcome to FIS   Sponsored By
Subscribe to FIS | Register with FIS | Advertise with FIS | Newsletter | About FIS | Contact us
   


A fishing boat is seen from an aircraft of the Ecuadorian navy after a fishing fleet of mostly Chinese-flagged ships was detected (Reuters)

Number of Chinese boats in Japanese fishing area increasing, global concern for squid status

Click on the flag for more information about Japan JAPAN
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 09:00 (GMT + 9)

The following is an excerpt from an article published byRadio Free Asia (RFA) and Jiji Press Ltd:

The number of Chinese boats allegedly illegally fishing for flying squid has been increasing rapidly in Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off Ishikawa Prefecture's Noto Peninsula.

In the first nine months of this year, 2,586 Chinese fishing boats received warnings from the Fisheries Agency to leave the Yamatotai area in the Sea of Japan, nearly four times more than a year before.

Yamatotai is known as a plentiful fishing area for flying squid and snow crabs, and is an area in which illegal operations by foreign fishing boats have frequently happened.

A Japan Coast Guard patrol ship turns a water cannon on a North Korean fishing boat around the Yamatotai area in the Sea of Japan in early November. | JAPAN COAST GUARD / VIA KYODO►

In October last year, a North Korean fishing boat sank after a collision with a Fisheries Agency patrol ship.

This year, only a few North Korean fishing boats have been found around the area.

Still, a North Korean government ship was spotted in the EEZ on Sept. 29, prompting the Japanese government to ask Japanese fishermen to refrain from operating there to help ensure their safety.

The North Korean ship's purpose remains unclear, but some believe that the ship came to the area to assist fishing by Chinese boats, as North Korea is believed to have been selling fishery rights to China.

Japanese fishermen cannot operate in the western part of Yamatotai due to a government request. "Why do we have to refrain from fishing in our territorial waters?" asked a fishery cooperatives official in Hyogo Prefecture.



It is uncertain when the government's request will be lifted, as the North Korean ship is apparently still sailing around the area.

"This is an extremely unusual situation," said Hiroshi Kishi, head of the National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations.

"We want the government to bring order to the area so that we can operate without worrying," Kishi said.

Fishery minister Kotaro Nogami on Friday said, "We'll cooperate with related government agencies, including the Japan Coast Guard" to address the issue.

Concern in the South Pacific and South Atlantic

Large-scale squid fishing by Chinese vessels has become a cause of concern to the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO), which manages fishing in waters off Chile, Peru, and the Galapagos Islands.



In 2019, the organization reported that 516 Chinese ocean-going fishing vessels were observed fishing in the South Pacific. It says the number of Chinese vessels has multiplied fourfold since 2010.

"Currently, the consensus is to use fishing curbs as an initial control method," Chen, who recently took part in an online conference with the group.

"But limiting the number of fishing boats or imposing other restrictions will need further discussion on the technical side," he said.

Many Chinese boats arrive in Peruvian waters in search of Humboldt squid. Image by Simon Ager/Sea Shepherd

He said more than 50 percent of the global squid catch comes from Argentine waters in the South Atlantic and American red squid in the East Pacific, and the Japanese squid in the North Pacific.

Squid fishing resources have gradually increased since the 1980s, with growing investment in ships and declining catches, Chen said.

Between 50 and 70 percent of the global catch is caught by the Chinese fleet on the high seas, causing a wave of fishery disputes and political tensions.

The latest satellite data analysis from Global Fisheries Watch shows that nearly 400 foreign squid-fishing boats entered Peru's exclusive economic zone in September alone, while more than 300 Chinese fishing boats gathered in the waters of the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador earlier this year.

Argentine Navy ship chasing Chinese jiggers trying to escape control (Photo: Argentinean Navy)

The Ecuadorian military accused the Chinese fishing boats of turning off their tracking systems intermittently to avoid being monitored.

Last year, an Argentine navy cruiser fired on a Chinese fishing boat after it was warned against fishing in its economic exclusion zone, an area defined as being within 200 nautical miles of a country's coast.

Chen said Chinese vessels tend to move into areas that haven't yet been brought under international fishing regulation, obtaining fishing licenses and catch quotas before regional authorities have even visited the site.

Source: Jiji and RFA

[email protected]
www.fis.com


 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
Ecuador
Nov 30, 20:00 (GMT + 9):
National fisheries to compete with Chinese jiggers for squid in the eastern Pacific
Canada
Nov 30, 19:20 (GMT + 9):
N.S. First Nation, Ottawa nearing deal on lobster fishing rights
Tanzania
Nov 30, 19:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Zanzibar secures $3 bln from Turkish firm to boost seafood business
Norway
Nov 30, 18:00 (GMT + 9):
REDUS has led to a better estimate in the stock advisory
Russian Federation
Nov 30, 09:50 (GMT + 9):
Logistical problems in Chinese ports increase fish costs
Japan
Nov 30, 07:00 (GMT + 9):
Plaintiff fisherman loses in demand bluefin tuna catch quota
Japan
Nov 30, 07:00 (GMT + 9):
Soichi Noguchi of the ISS 'Mackerel cans are very delicious'
Italy
Nov 30, 06:00 (GMT + 9):
Webinar on 'Social accountability in Fisheries'
Spain
Nov 30, 04:40 (GMT + 9):
Electric fishing boats: 'The current problem is that technology is faster than regulation'
Peru
Nov 30, 03:00 (GMT + 9):
Anchovy fishing prohibited between Chancay and Cañete for 10 days
Norway
Nov 30, 01:00 (GMT + 9):
Can the alien species humpback salmon have positive effects on our salmonids?
Norway
Nov 30, 00:20 (GMT + 9):
Other Media | SalmonBusiness: 'The pandemic will lead to enormous changes in the market and consumer patterns'
Norway
Nov 30, 00:10 (GMT + 9):
Other Media | fishfarmingexpert: ‘Simpler, safer’ fish handling promised for wellboats and on-land farms
United Kingdom
Nov 30, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
Other Media | FiskerForum: Fisheries Act Does Not Compensate For Loss Of EU Seafood Market Access
Japan
Nov 30, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
Volumes and prices | Main fresh fish: Skipjack, sardine, mackerel, saury and squid | Tokyo Markets (Oct-2020)



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
Catches-production │ Alaska pollock products │ Bering Sea-GOA │ By season
United States Source: FIS.com | Click to enlarge it  [email protected] www.fis.com  ...
Guinea Conakry announces in Las Palmas that the fishing agreement with the EU is very close
Spain The conference “Management and Sustainability of Fisheries in West Africa”, organized by ANACEF OPP43, brought together senior Fisheries officials from Spain, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry...
The 'Mar Argentino' reached Mar del Plata port.
Argentina The new INIDEP scientific ship that was built in Vigo, Spain, was received by national authorities who escorted it. It cost almost 8 million dollars and will aim to work in coastal waters. Escorted...
Overseas fishing crew refused permission to apply for visas ahead of Antarctic season
New Zealand Two fishing vessels docked in Christchurch’s Lyttelton Port face a struggle to get crew less than a week before the start of the Antarctic season after immigration authorities refused to let ove...
 
Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation - Headquarters
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation - Wartsila Group Headquarters
ITOCHU Corporation - Headquarters
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH+Co.KG (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd. - Group Headquarters
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Holding Company (Pty) Ltd.
AquaChile S.A. - Group Headquarters
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods, Inc
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization - Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Brim ehf (formerly HB Grandi Ltd) - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Mowi ASA (formerly Marine Harvest ASA) - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. - Headquarters
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
CJ Corporation  - Group Headquarters
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands | Headquarters
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
NOREBO Group (former Ocean Trawlers Group)
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation - Headquarters
Cooke Inc. - Group Headquarters
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart | Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) - Headquarters
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
SeaChoice
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2020 Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER