Chinese fishing vessels were involved in the majority of potentially illegal fishing activity detected off the coast of Argentina over the last three years, according to newly-released analysis by a US-based ocean conservation organisation.

In a report released on Wednesday, non-profit Oceana said hundreds of foreign vessels had “suspiciously disappeared” for periods along the border of Argentina’s territorial sea – a sign they may be pillaging marine life inside the country’s national waters.

Blue spots mark apparent fishing activity along Argentinian coast. Photo: Global Fishing Watch Screenshot.

Analysing data collected by the organisation’s tracking map Global Fishing Watch from January 2018 to this April, researchers found over 800 vessels may have conducted up to 900,000 hours of fishing activity along Argentina’s national waters.



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