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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's navy announced Tuesday that it used gunfire to sink a boat flying the Chinese flag that was fishing illegally in national waters.
The navy statement said the boat was intercepted Monday off the coast of Puerto Madryn, about 907 miles (1,460 kilometers) south of Buenos Aires.
The statement said the boat did not heed warning calls and instead tried to ram an Argentine naval vessel. Sailors then shot holes in different parts of the fishing boat, causing it to sink, the navy said.
All four people on board were rescued and arrested. They remained in custody and were to go before a federal judge in southern Chubut province, the statement said.
The navy said it had been 15 years since one of its vessels last sank a foreign vessel fishing illegally in Argentina's waters.
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Argentina's coast guard says it sank a Chinese fishing vessel that was fishing in a restricted area off the South American country's coast.
The Argentine Naval Prefecture chased and eventually sank the Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010 vessel after detecting it illegally fishing within the country's exclusive economic zone, officials said Tuesday.
First, according to a statement from the coast guard, warning shots were fired. The Chinese vessel, Argentine authorities said, responded by turning off its lights and deliberately trying to crash.
The Naval Prefecture from Argentina (PNA) caught a Chinese flagged vessel that was fishing for squid (Illex argentinus) without a permit in the Argentina's Exclusive Economic Zone.
The ship, Hu Shun Yu 809, was arrested at Camarones Bay, off the province of Chubut, in the framework of a coordinated operation by the Department of Homeland Security, and more than 600 tonnes of squid were seized.
The Prefecture reported that during the patrols, crew from Derbes Coast Guard, belonging to the PNA detected a radar echo of a ship with the fishing lights on that was carrying out tasks at three nautical miles west of the outer line and inside the EEZ.
Noting that the coastguard was approaching, crew from the Asian jigging vessel turned off the lighting system, so the Derbes intercepted it.
originally posted by: bandersnatch
Asia as a group have been considered the poachers but western nations too are dragging down the oceans ability to
Commercial fishing must be curtailed soon or it will be too late.....
And who in their right mind wants farmed fish?