“Monstrous predation”: video records shocking foreign fishing fleet in Argentina

By Meganoticias
April 6, 2021

The pilot and filmmaker Enrique Piñeyro made a night observation flight over the Argentine sea , in which he revealed the dozens of foreign fishing boats that prey on the country’s resources.

“We flew at 5,000 feet over the foreign fishing fleet that predates our seas and causes ecological disasters. They were not at mile 201, they were well within our territorial waters,” the pilot explained on his Twitter account.*


*Editorial note: A cursory review of satellite data from Global Fishing Watch appears to indicate that the vessels are remaining along the border of the EEZ, which would mean the fishing is not illegal as they are aiming to remain in international waters where they are allowed to operate. This video does, however, demonstrate the scale of the predation that occurs regularly along the edge of numerous countries’ EEZs.


The flight, developed on April 1, revealed the magnitude of the fleet that carries out illegal fishing* and was even compared to the coast of New York.

“From the first time I made a flight from Ezeiza to Ushuaia -more than 20 years ago- I already saw this. Even without looking for it and at more than 40 thousand feet of altitude. But over time the activity grew and today [the light pollution] appears to be the coast of New York, ”Piñeyro told Infobae, an outlet that participated in the flight.

“It is a monstrous predation”

On board, Piñeyro commented that what the fishing boats are doing “is a monstrous predation” and also that “it is an issue that has not been resolved. There is no patrol, you cannot monitor the boats, there is no way to intercept, to dissuade. There is a lack of logistics and it must be given the political weight that this has. “

In January, the pilot began a Twitter campaign to make the situation visible by sharing a viral night video that showed how fishing fleets navigate the Argentine seas.


On the occasion he accused that after stealing the resources “then [the fleet] sells us as an imported product that it steals from us.”

Pineyro is also a gastronomic entrepreneur, and in conversation with Infobae he said “Do you want Argentine prawns? No, they catch them all and take them away. And there is no way to compete with them. Then you go to Spain or those places and they sell with a little sign that says ‘Argentine prawns’, and here we end up buying the Ecuadorian [prawns].”

The pilot added that “our country is a massive resource – we have 5,000 kilometers of coastline, we have inland coasts, there are artisanal fishing cooperatives … And then they authorize 16 tons of river fish exports? Pará, artisanal fishing is not predation: this is predation.”

Exclusive economic zone

The Exclusive Economic Zone of the countries ends at mile 200, where foreign fishing boats begin to accumulate, since there are no restrictions on what can be done when in international waters,

This situation has already been denounced by Greenpeace and occurs in various parts of the world, where fishermen arrive from China, Korea, Japan, among others, to hunt for fish resources and then commercialize them.

Last December, the General Directorate of the Maritime Territory and Merchant Marine (Directemar) confirmed that in Chile , 11 vessels belonging to a Chinese fishing fleet were sailing through the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The vessels had also been near the Galapagos area, in Ecuador, and then in the vicinity of Peru.

Read the original coverage from Meganoticias at https://www.meganoticias.cl/mundo/332330-vuelo-flota-pesquera-china-argentina-depredacion-cog23.html


*Editorial note: A cursory review of satellite data from Global Fishing Watch appears to indicate that the vessels are remaining along the border of the EEZ, which would mean the fishing is not illegal as they are aiming to remain in international waters where they are allowed to operate. This video does, however, demonstrate the scale of the predation that occurs regularly along the edge of numerous countries’ EEZs.



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