CHINESE FISHING IN ARGENTINA WITH THE COMPLACENCE OF THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

The South Atlantic and Fisheries expert, César Lerena, describes “four ways” in which Chinese fishing vessels appropriate our fishing resources with Argentine complacency and “in many cases, with authorization from the Enforcement Authority.”

11 de August de 2023 17:29

The Argentine Foreign Ministry never understood what Lord Shackleton had already said 47 years ago: the wealth is not in the Malvinas, but in the South Atlantic that surrounds them.

          Argentine fish, crustaceans and mollusks cannot be captured by foreign flag vessels, since article 37 of the Fisheries Law 24,922 establishes that they will only be authorized through international treaties approved by law of the National Congress and, only, when they have the object the capture of underexploited species. The same when it comes to migratory resources originating from the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on the high seas, because Argentina in articles 4, 5 and 21 to 23 of the aforementioned law reserved the right to regulate and conserve. Despite this, the Enforcement Authority does not adequately manage and Chinese State vessels fish in Argentine waters and, on the high seas, Argentine migratory resources originating from the EEZ, with the complacency of the Undersecretariat of Fisheries, of the Federal Fisheries Council and, as far as it is concerned, as responsible for the foreign policy of the South Atlantic, the Secretariat of Malvinas, Antarctica and South Atlantic of the Argentine Foreign Ministry.

This division never understood what Lord Shackleton had already said 47 years ago, the wealth is not in the Malvinas, but in the South Atlantic that surrounds them; nor that the Chinese take our resources.

We will refer to four ways that demonstrate that Chinese fishing vessels are appropriating our fishing resources with Argentine complacency and, even, in many cases, with the authorization of the Enforcement Authority. The first is the granting of fishing permits to Chinese ships destined for Chinese state companies based in Argentina. The second , buying companies authorized for fishing in Argentina; the third , appropriating the migratory resources originating from the Argentine EEZ on the high seas and, the fourth , fishing by Chinese vessels and other nationalities in the Argentine waters of South Georgia with permits granted by the Convention for the Conservation of Marine Resources Antarctic (CCAMLR).

Regarding the first , according to the most important specialized media in the world, Seafood Media Group (9/8/2023): «on August 7, 2023, the agricultural and rural office of the Jiangbei district, in the city of Ningbo, Zhejiang province, announced that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs authorized the Yongfa No. 8 fishing vessel of the Ningbo Yongfa Ocean Fishery Co. company to enter the Argentine EEZ.According to Wu Mengnan, general manager.

By Agenda Malvinas

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