The Cabins of the Tai An in Ushuaia were opened and an ecological disaster was discovered

What if there were more boats fishing for resources that no one sees in the Argentine Sea? What if there was more funding from China behind other fishing companies based in the country? Are Argentina's natural resources really protected? Who takes care of them? These are questions that have always been present in the local fishing industry, but have now been surpassed by the case of the Tai An, which is reported to have caught 163 tonnes of toothfish, a globally protected species, without a permit. Another question. How many Tai An sails are calm?

The story takes place on three levels: one political, the other economic, and the third, no less important, environmental. The novelty comes from this latest case and is related to the devastation of the Argentine sea that the fishing industry practiced knowingly and in spite of control. Undersecretary of Fisheries Envoys – SENASA and Prefecture who went to the port of Ushuaia this Wednesday to examine the paralyzed cargo of toothfish under search, were surprised.

Procedure at Ushuaia Port and samples of juvenile toothfish found by inspectors.Procedure at Ushuaia Port and samples of juvenile toothfish found by inspectors.

“They created an ecological disaster,” he said Clarion one of the agents. That was the image he used to illustrate the discovery. The abundance of juvenile hake in the cold rooms of the ship TAI AN, which flies the flag of Argentina, but is owned by a Chinese citizen, was as noticeable as it was alarming. Juveniles with an average height of 22 centimeters according to recorded measurements and whose photos are attached to this post.

The toothfish is a fragile species. You practically can't catch fish. Its flavor and scarcity make it highly coveted as a global luxury consumer product. What is allowed to be fished is minimal and must meet very specific specifications. “A stem less than 32 cm is juvenile, most are 20 to 22 cm. It is an ecological drama. “They knew what they were fishing for,” the same sources explain. “They were so clear about it that they offered it for sale at the same time they released it,” they added.

The complaint filed by TAI AN toothfish quota companies against vessel owner TAI AN includes a claim for deportation. "fisheries advisor" o: "fishing" Norwegian citizenship for attacking natural resources and not having the necessary permission.TAI AN The complaint prepared by the toothfish quota companies against the owner of the TAI AN vessel includes a request for the deportation of a “fishery consultant” or “fishery” of Norwegian nationality for attacking natural resources and not having the necessary permit.

After several back and forths, the inspection of the cargo, in the presence of the Undersecretary of Fisheries of the nation, Antonio Cazorla, was carried out early this Thursday morning. Delays are related to ship owner orders, Chinese Liu Xinghan. Their defense argument continues to be that this volume of teeth is caused by accidental hunting. But this is a weak paper argument, because the federal fisheries law sets the By Catch limit for toothfish (what is caught by accident) to be 5 tons. “They should have stopped fishing after the first shot, but they continued to do it,” the officials explain.

“The Case of the Tai An Ship, which caught tons of juvenile toothfish illegally, without permission to do so reflects not only the impunity of some fishing actors in our country, but also the lack of environmental awareness and therefore the negative impact such an event has on our marine ecosystem,” the environmental organization explains. Without Blue. there is no Green, activist Lucia Castro.

Procedure at Ushuaia Port and samples of juvenile toothfish found by inspectors.Procedure at Ushuaia Port and samples of juvenile toothfish found by inspectors.

“The subject of discussion should be not only the illegality of the act, but also the practice (tramol) and the environmental consequences caused by it. Whether the conducted fishing was direct or accidental in environmental issues is no longer essential. the ecocide has already happened,” he adds. “The indiscriminate catch of 163 tons of toothfish, most of which are juveniles, represents a predation on marine life and an attack on the fragile balance of the ecosystem.”

The Patagonian hack is protected by a quota system that sets Federal Fisheries Council.

In addition, it is one of four species that is preserved worldwide. Boats must have an assigned quota in addition to the appropriate national fishing permits to be able to catch. Tai An did not have an authorized quota.

Boats that do not have an allocated quota may only fish by catch, i.e. by-catch, by-catch or by-catch, with a per-tide limit. Patagonian toothfish have a history of ships being chased or sunk by maritime authorities when they are caught practicing such practices without a permit. Tai An, it should be remembered, brought a cargo that could be worth 4 million dollars. A commercially available fillet of black hake, skinned and ready to eat, costs an average of $25.

Procedure at Ushuaia Port and samples of juvenile toothfish found by inspectors.Procedure at Ushuaia Port and samples of juvenile toothfish found by inspectors.

Federal Fisheries Act stipulates that for an offense of this caliber, in addition to a million dollar fine and confiscation of merchandise, a port stop for at least sixty days and up to the possible loss of a fishing license. On Tuesday, PRODESUR company sources told Clarín that the vessel is ready to start a new fishing campaign. That is why the national authorities must now decide.

Meanwhile, the resignation of a third official was announced following controversy over alleged pressure from the Foreign Ministry in favor of Tai An, that of Guillermo Abdala Bertiche, now the former National Director of Aquaculture. His decision followed the departure of former Fisheries Control and Inspection Director Julián Suarez, who denounced pressure from Pablo Ferrara Reisberg to ensure the vessel was not penalized and continued on its export journey. The latter was appointed by Diana Mondino as the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before the Federal Fisheries Council. he also submitted his resignation.

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