Chinese 'dark fleets' observed fishing off North Korea despite sanctions ban

Chinese 'dark fleets' observed fishing off North Korea despite sanctions ban

At least 900 "dark" fishing boats of Chinese origin - vessels which are not detected by public monitoring systems - poached in North Korean waters in 2017, the researchers found, with 700 doing so the following year.

The research used four satellite technologies to study illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing by ships that do not appear in public monitoring systems - a so called "dark fleet" - in waters between North Korea, Japan, South Korea and Russian Federation.

The animal, whose scientific name is Todarodes pacificus, is one of the top five seafoods consumed in Japan, the report said, and South Korea's most valuable seafood product - and until the export ban was imposed it was Pyongyang's third-largest export.

"Yet, the fishing vessels identified illegally in North Korean waters:make up almost a third of the entire Chinese distant-water fishing fleet", according to Global Fishing Watch.

It added that China "consistently punished" illegal fishing, but did not confirm or deny allegations of Chinese boats fishing in North Korean waters. These technologies have never before been combined to publicly reveal the activities and estimated catches of entire fleets at this scale.

While it's not clear if North Korea could have made that much money from fishing its own waters, it now appears that Pyongyang was able to recoup some of its lost catch by selling fishing rights to foreign operators, likely Chinese ones. "That's why they're pushed to work in Russian and Japanese waters and that explains why some of North Korea's damaged vessels showed up on the beaches of Japan". Open-source intelligence NGOs and nonprofits are increasingly using these resources to analyze marine traffic in the hopes of finding or better understanding tactics used to evade sanctions. However, ships involved in illicit activity in these waters - whether moving goods at sea to avoid the prying eyes of customs officials or dredging sand - often lack proper paperwork, making them harder to track. Additionally, the waters are some of the world's most contested and poorly monitored, according to Global Fishing Watch, with boundary disputes between the Koreas, Japan, and Russian Federation preventing fisheries management and hindering national efforts due to a lack of comprehensive stock assessments. China, Russia, Japan and the two Koreas are all engaged in some sort of territorial dispute with one another.

Fish stocks there have actually been decreasing drastically in current years, another significant issue that the celebrations have actually stopped working to exercise.

The new technology is proving capable of tracking previously undetectable incidences of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, according to Global Fishing Watch Research and Innovation Director David Kroodsma. "It seems to make depressing but all too familiar sense", Park composed in a blog post accompanying the study.

The study has implications for the management of fisheries and fish stocks worldwide, including in the Pacific. It has actually sapped cash and tasks from seaside neighborhoods that depend on the trade and driven a boost in piracy in locations where the fishing market cannot depend on a working coast guard, like Somalia. The study found that such large, unregulated catches are depleting squid stocks in the region, with squid populations plummeting by 80 percent and 82 percent in South Korean and Japanese waters, respectively, since 2003.

"Illegal fishing in these waters is a very serious matter in Japan", Miyahara stated.

Published on 22 July in Science Advances, the study was completed by scientists from South Korea, Japan, Australia, and the United States, using data provided by Global Fishing Watch, a partnership between Google and the advocacy groups Oceana and SkyTruth that collects fishing vessel location information collected by satellite.

Related Articles

  • F1 confirms Nurburgring, Portimao and Imola on 2020 calendar

    F1 confirms Nurburgring, Portimao and Imola on 2020 calendar

    There will be an F1 debut for Portugal's Portimao track and a return for Germany's Nurburgring and Imola in Italy. An attentive fan has stumbled upon an extra hint for the return of Formula 1 at Portimao, Imola and Nürnberg.
    Athletes react to the Washington NFL team name change on social media

    Athletes react to the Washington NFL team name change on social media

    Its helmet logo will be replaced by the players' number in gold, in much the same manner used by the Alabama Crimson Tide. National Basketball Association star LeBron James , a fan of the rival Dallas Cowboys, wrote on Twitter .
    43 federal arrests in Portland since July 4, federal officials say

    43 federal arrests in Portland since July 4, federal officials say

    This isn't hard: It is the people attacking federal property who bear moral responsibility for what's happening in Portland. The Trump administration's reportedly planning to do the same across other cities in America. including Chicago.
  • China launches rocket with probe to Mars

    China launches rocket with probe to Mars

    If the journey is successful, China will be the first country to orbit, land and deploy a rover in its inaugural mission. But the Russian spacecraft carrying the probe failed to exit the Earth's orbit and disintegrated over the Pacific Ocean.
    Teachers' union files lawsuit over school reopening order

    Teachers' union files lawsuit over school reopening order

    As the Tampa Bay Times reported , the FEA filed a lawsuit in federal court in Miami Monday against GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis and education commissioner Richard Corcoran over the state's July 6 executive order .
    USA  says Chinese hackers targeted coronavirus vaccines

    USA says Chinese hackers targeted coronavirus vaccines

    It comes as President Donald Trump, his reelection prospects damaged by the coronavirus outbreak, has blamed China for the pandemic.
  • Intel's 7nm CPUs are delayed, won't arrive until at least 2022

    Intel's 7nm CPUs are delayed, won't arrive until at least 2022

    Intel achieved record second-quarter revenues with 34% data-centric revenue growth and 7% PC-centric revenue growth on year. In its Q2 earnings report today, Intel announced that it has delayed the rollout of its 7nm chips by six months.
    Mouth spray ColdZyme can ‘deactivate’ Covid-19 virus by 98.3%

    Mouth spray ColdZyme can ‘deactivate’ Covid-19 virus by 98.3%

    Bieniasz, PhD, professor at Rockefeller University and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, in a statement. They stated the new evaluation takes just one to two hours to complete and may be run in a biosafety level two lab.
    U.S. Orders China to Close Consulate in Houston

    U.S. Orders China to Close Consulate in Houston

    The Chinese consulate in Houston , which Donald Trump forced to close on Wednesday, was a hot bed of spies, according to reports . Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin , speaking at a daily media briefing, said China would safeguard its citizens.
  • Seattle NHL franchise chooses Kraken as name

    Seattle NHL franchise chooses Kraken as name

    It's been almost 100 years since the collapse of the Seattle Metropolitans, the first US-based team to win a Stanley Cup in 1917. Puget Sound, off the coast of Washington, is home to the largest octopus on the planet, the giant Pacific octopus.

    UAE launches its first mission to Mars

    Currently, there are eight active missions exploring Mars - some orbit the planet and some have landed on its surface. The United Arab Emirates' Hope spacecraft launched Sunday on a journey to Mars.
    McConnell Says More Direct Cash Payments Likely Coming This Summer

    McConnell Says More Direct Cash Payments Likely Coming This Summer

    Easing the payroll tax is dividing Trump's party because it does little to help out-of-work Americans and adds to the debt load. The measure would give cash stipends to Americans, and bolster rental and mortgage and other safety net protections.