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

Portions of giant squid or poton (dosidicus gigas)

China announces a three-month moratorium on giant squid fishing off the Galapagos and Argentina

Click on the flag for more information about China CHINA
Friday, August 07, 2020, 00:50 (GMT + 9)

China will begin on September 1 a three-month fishing moratorium in international waters off the coast of the Galapagos Islands, which will be added to the one started last month off the Argentine coast, the Ecuadorian ambassador confirmed today to Efe. Beijing, Carlos Larrea.

Larrea told Efe that on July 1 the Chinese government informed the embassies that its fleet in the eastern Pacific was going to "self-regulate" between the months of September and November, both included, and temporarily cease fishing for giant squid to facilitate the reproduction of the species.


"We are very satisfied with this progress, it is a door that opens to negotiate a greater commitment with China and sit down with them and not against them," said the Ecuadorian ambassador and explained that tomorrow, Thursday, technical delegations from both countries will virtually begin a bilateral negotiation to try to prolong this moratorium and become permanent.

Chinese fishing vessels operate outside the 200-mile exclusive economic zone around the Galapagos Islands nature reserve, but migratory species are highly mobile outside the zone "so bilateral agreements must be reached," Larrea stressed.

"We are interested that they move away from the area and stop fishing permanently, period," he added and defended the establishment of a ban around the islands on the giant squid so as not to endanger the species.

Chinese jigger vessel catching giant squid (Dosidicus gigas) Photo: Stockfile

The Chinese fleet accounts for about 70 percent of the global catch of giant squid.

The moratorium will apply to the area between 5 degrees north latitude and 5 degrees south latitude and between 110 and 95 degrees west longitude, according to the China Newsweek publication.

Jigging vessel catching giant squid out of Peruvian waters (photo: Stockfile)


On July 3, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs announced in a statement a first "voluntary moratorium that aims to conserve fishery resources in the open sea and subject to no international organization" off the Argentine coast.

This break, between the months of July and September, inclusive, is limited to the international waters quadrant between 32 and 44 degrees south latitude and 48 and 60 degrees west longitude, although the department advanced another moratorium "in the open sea in the eastern Pacific Ocean from September 1 ".

"During the moratorium, all Chinese fishing vessels in the area, including trawlers and squid fishing boats, must suspend their activities," added the ministry, which pledged to "strengthen supervision of the fishing vessels during this period."

The official text also noted that the ministry would establish "a system for collecting data on squid in the open sea" that "will serve to monitor the effects of the moratorium and, with the information gathered, the ministry could evaluate and adjust the moratorium."

China Newsweek said the areas covered by the moratoriums are "the most important squid grounds" for China, whose catches of this animal are consumed entirely in the domestic market.

The around 200 boats that worked in the area surrounding Argentina were dedicated to catching Argentine squid, the most highly priced in the Chinese market, while the eastern Pacific is the area of ​​the American red squid.


According to the Chinese Ocean Academy, the Asian country has a fleet of more than 600 squid fishing boats, which caught more than 520,000 tons of squid in 2018.

Part of the Chinese jigging fleet in Montevideo port (Photo: stockfile)

Last Sunday, the Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo, issued a statement in which he showed his support "for Ecuador's efforts to ensure that vessels flying the flag of the People's Republic of China do not engage in illegal, undeclared fishing. and unregulated. "

For his part, the Minister of Defense, Oswaldo Jarrín, pointed out on July 26 the existence of a foreign fishing fleet in international waters near the Galapagos and warned that foreign vessels that illegally enter Ecuador would be seized.

Source: EFE


Related news:

[email protected]


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
Sep 19, 00:10 (GMT + 9):
Malvinas-Falkland and the owners of the truth
Sep 19, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
Other Media | EuropaAzul: Seafarers: at the heart of the future of maritime transport ', IMO motto
Sep 18, 17:00 (GMT + 9):
World Bank IFC and WOC Partner on Investing in Pacific Blue Economy
United States
Sep 18, 16:00 (GMT + 9):
Marketplace to industry, governments: Solve shrimp diseases
Sep 18, 15:00 (GMT + 9):
OPROMAR organizes a working day on selectivity of fishing gear: projects and initiatives
Sep 18, 07:00 (GMT + 9):
Fishcor told to divorce 'parasitic' partner
Sep 18, 06:40 (GMT + 9):
Wild Barra Fisheries hooks majority share in Northern Territory's barramundi industry
Sep 18, 02:00 (GMT + 9):
Pescanova and Ángel León will collaborate to investigate the seafood innovation
Sep 18, 01:00 (GMT + 9):
Other Media | SeafoodSource: Pablo Múgica named new CEO, Salvador Ramón Mateo appointed chairman at FRIME
Sep 18, 00:50 (GMT + 9):
Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: Sumbox, Hinojosa's recyclable alternative for fish packaging
Sep 18, 00:40 (GMT + 9):
Other Media | The Fish Site: Raising funds for raising fish
United Kingdom
Sep 18, 00:30 (GMT + 9):
Other Media | fishfarmingexpert: Grieg to shut down Skye farms after mass mortality
United Kingdom
Sep 18, 00:20 (GMT + 9):
Other Media | WorldFishing: COVID-19 hits whole UK seafood supply chain
European Union
Sep 18, 00:10 (GMT + 9):
Other Media | La Voz de Galicia: European Justice will not assess the subrogation of stowage
Sep 18, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
Auction prices for common squid frozen on board │ Hakodate markets (until September 14th 2020)

Green light for a new tuna fishing harbour in Chennai
India As per the Detailed Project Report, the proposed harbour will have fish handling halls, auction hall, cold storage, ice factory, fuelling station, power backup centres and dormitory for workers. CH...
Domestic market frozen fish prices show stability
Russia Fed. From 7 to 13 September, the dynamics of prices for frozen fish in the wholesale segment of the domestic market, basically, showed a tendency towards stability. In the Far East region, there was a ten...
Lloyds Register accepted by MarinTrust as a new registered Certification Body
United Kingdom MarinTrust is pleased to announce that Lloyds Register has been accepted as a third-party certification body (CB) to certify against the MarinTrust program. The MarinTrust team has begun the Lloyds Re...
Crabbers at Southeast ALaska and Kodiak haul up best Dungeness hauls in decades, price sinks
United States   Crabbers at Southeast Alaska and Kodiak are pulling up good Dungeness catches although prices have sunk. At the Panhandle, a fleet of 192 permit holders hauled up nearly six million pounds of d...
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
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

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