Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Poaching in Argentina
Squid fishing turns into an international incident back in February 2005:
A Taiwanese flagged jigger allegedly poaching in the South Atlantic was arrested by the Argentine Coast Guard after intimidating fire. This is the second incident in a week.
According to Argentine sources the 35 crew jigger was detected operating in the Isla Rasa area, 199 miles offshore Comodoro Rivadavia, and refused to stop engines when approached by a Coast Guard vessel.
Primary reports indicate that “Chich Man 1” was transporting 3,700 boxes of 12,5 kilos each of frozen squid, plus another 68 of fresh squid stored on deck.
When the jigger instead of obeying orders tried to flee the Argentine Coast Guard vessel fired intimidating shots. She was then boarded by a party of Argentine sailors and is currently being escorted to Comodoro Rivadavia where the captain will face charges of illegal fishing.
Less that a week ago another Taiwanese jigger, “Hsien Hua 6” was caught red-hand poaching in the same area and was by ARA Guerrico and escorted to Puerto Deseado.