South America squid left exposed amid surge in China fishing

The high seas off South America have seen a surge in fishing by China's distant water fleet. But negotiators from the U.S., China and other countries couldn't agree on how to protect threatened squid stocks at a closed-door meeting.

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1/29/2022 11:31:00 AM

The high seas off South America have seen a surge in fishing by China 's distant water fleet. But negotiators from the U.S., China and other countries couldn't agree on how to protect threatened squid stocks at a closed-door meeting.

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 water fishing fleet.

January 29, 2022 GMTFILE - The Chinese squid fishing vessel Fu Yuan Yu 7880 sails on the Pacific Ocean, July 18, 2021. The Pingtan-affiliated 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. (AP Photo/Joshua Goodman, File)

FILE - The Chinese squid fishing vessel Fu Yuan Yu 7880 sails on the Pacific Ocean, July 18, 2021. The Pingtan-affiliated 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. (AP Photo/Joshua Goodman, File)

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By JOSHUA GOODMAN January 29, 2022 GMT FILE - The Chinese squid fishing vessel Fu Yuan Yu 7880 sails on the Pacific Ocean, July 18, 2021. The Pingtan-affiliated 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. (AP Photo/Joshua Goodman, File) FILE - The Chinese squid fishing vessel Fu Yuan Yu 7880 sails on the Pacific Ocean, July 18, 2021. The Pingtan-affiliated 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. (AP Photo/Joshua Goodman, File) 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 water fishing fleet. 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 Friday, Ecuador and the European Union proposed measures that would require all ships to have observers on board by 2028 and mandate they unload their catches only in ports instead of at sea to giant refrigerated vessels — both considered key tools in limiting illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. AP/Univision investigation Great Wall of Lights: China’s sea power on Darwin’s doorstep There were also competing proposals, one of them from China, to limit the amount of squid that could be caught. However, none of the proposed measures were adopted during the closed-door meeting, thwarting the efforts of environmentalists and some seafood importers in the U.S. and Europe who have been pushing for restrictions of fishing on the high seas that make up about half of the planet. ADVERTISEMENT