Negotiators fail to rein in China's growing squid fleet


February 9, 2022

AP Photo/Joshua Goodman

The Chinese squid fishing vessel Fu Yuan Yu 7880 works in the Pacific Ocean on July 18, 2021. The vessel was arrested by South Africa in 2016 after it tried to flee a naval patrol that suspected it of illegal squid fishing. The ship's officers were found guilty of possessing illegal gear and disobeying a maritime authority but were released after paying a fine, returning to work the high seas.

MIAMI (AP) - Negotiators from the U.S., China and 13 other governments failed to take action to protect threatened squid stocks on the high seas off South America amid a recent surge in activity by China's distant fishing fleet of more than 700 ships targeting squid in 2020.

The South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization, or SPRFMO, is charged with ensuring the conservation and sustainable fishing off the west coast of South America.

At the SPRFMO's annual meeting that ended Jan. 28, Ecuador and the European Union proposed measures that would require all ships to have observer...

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