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Jun 1, 2018

Belize-flag Vessel Held in Peru for Illegal Fishing

The largest fish factory vessel in the world, which is flying the Belize flag, has been seized in Peru. Reports in the media say that the Damanzaihao, which has the capacity to process five hundred and forty-seven tons of fish per year, has been detained in Peruvian waters. The vessel has just switched from the Peruvian to the Belizean flag and is under investigation for illegal fishing activities and for polluting the marine environment.  The report states that the Peruvian Environmental Prosecutor’s Office ordered the detention of the vessel.  In 2016, a multi-million dollar fine was imposed on the vessel for similar activities. In the past week, the vessel twice unsuccessfully requested permission to leave, but Peru is taking a strong stance in its efforts to bring the vessel to justice. Under the Peruvian Penal Code, successful conviction carries a penalty of three to five years of incarceration.  The report also notes that Belize was previously “red carded” by the European Commission for its lack of commitment to tackle Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing. While the red-card has since been lifted, Belize must also take measures to refrain from inappropriately continuing to flag the ship.

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3 Responses for “Belize-flag Vessel Held in Peru for Illegal Fishing”

  1. Fungus says:

    Amen ,,,,fallow by example.. however this currusted gov, would sell the shirt of their back to any foreigners.

  2. belizebaas says:

    Get your facts straight.
    The ship processes 547 000 tons of fish , not 547.

  3. Jerry says:

    There is an error. The article states that the ship can process 547 tons of fish per year. It should be 547,000 tons of fish per year.

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