May 4, 2020 (Google Translation) – The Argentine Navy under the Ministry of Defense reports that in the early hours of today, ocean patrol ARA “Bouchard” detected and captured a Chinese jigger boat that was fishing illegally within the Argentine Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
The procedure began when the crew of the ocean patrol ARA “Bouchard” detected the jigger “HONG PU 16” in illegal fishing tasks with the Automatic Identification System (AIS) turned off, the fishing lights on and the pots extended in full operation. fishing.
In the face of repeated attempts to communicate with the fishing vessel by radio and light signals, it started sailing towards international waters, increasing its speed and applying permanent changes of course, seeking refuge among the fleet of foreign fishing vessels that was parked near the mile 201.
Immediately the persecution procedure of the offending ship was implemented in accordance with current legal regulations, urging it by means of communications to stop its march and allow the visit of the Visiting, Registration and Capture crew (VRC) together with the on-board inspector of the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Nation.
The fishing vessel, after approximately three hours, stopped moving, allowing the Visiting Crew to board to verify the infraction.
“Hong Pu 16” was detected within the Argentine Exclusive Economic Zone at the height of the city of Puerto Madryn, confirming that it had 700 kg of fresh fish and 300 tons of frozen fish in its warehouses.
The oceanic patrol boat ARA “Bouchard” was monitoring the Argentine maritime spaces from his departure from the Mar del Plata Naval Base last Thursday, a task that was carried out jointly and in coordination with the Argentine Naval Prefecture.
Yesterday, meanwhile, the “Bouchard”, who was already carrying out tasks of control of the maritime spaces, also participated by providing support to the Coast Guard “Fique” of the Argentine Naval Prefecture, during the capture by that unit of the offending fishing vessel of Portuguese flag “Calvao”, within the framework of the actions coordinated between both units and supervised from the ground by the Prefecture and the Navy.
At the end of the corresponding proceedings, the coast guard “Fique” stood out towards the port of Bahía Blanca, accompanying the fishing vessel, while the Navy unit remained with the tasks of controlling the sea.