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South Africa impounds Chinese Flagged Vessel

The activities of a fleet of Chinese flagged fishing vessels have been heavily reported in the South African media this week in response to reports on Karmicsangoma of illegal fishing. Concerns were raised by Mark Hicks who noticed the Lu Huang Yuan Yu fleet travelling close to the Transkei coastline in an area known to be holding sardines amassing for their annual migration. The vessels could be seen on satellite tracking applications in the daytime, but at night their AIS transponders were turned off so that they effectively disappeared from public view.

The South African Department for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries investigated the activities of the vessels and in a radio interrogation conducted by the inspectors and were told that the fleet were sailing from China heading to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Despite initial indications of ... Read more...

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