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‘Dark’ ships off Argentina ring alarms over possible illegal fishing

Last year, news of a fleet of about 300 Chinese fishing vessels swarming around the Galápagos Islands, possibly to fish illegally, grabbed the attention of the world.

But there’s a similar scenario playing out off the coast of Argentina: each year, hundreds of foreign-owned vessels are also traveling here to fish for species like Argentine shortfin squid (Illex argentinus) and…

  • Elizabeth Claire Alberts
  • Mongabay

And now, a new report shows that many of these ships are turning off their satellite tracking systems for extended periods of time.

The most likely reason, the authors say, is to avoid detection while fishing illegally within Argentina’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), a…

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