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Sea Shepherd lanza la Operación Albacore

Miércoles, Apr 20, 2016

El buque de Sea Shepherd, Bob Barker, ha llegado a la república de Gabón para comenzar con la Operación Albacore, una nueva campaña que pretende combatir la pesca ilegal, no regulada y no declarada (INDNR) con el gobierno de Gabón al mando.

Gabonese ministers and media on board the Sea Shepherd vessel Bob Barker. Photo Alejandra Gimeno/Sea Shepherd.
The ministers on the bridge of the Bob Barker after a tour of the ship. Photo Alejandra Gimeno/Sea Shepherd.
Gabonese Ministers arrive at the Bob Barker. Photo Alejandra Gimeno/Sea Shepherd.
Gabonese Ministry Representatives at Operation Albacore Press Conference. Photo Alejandra Gimeno/Sea Shepherd.

Durante la campaña de pesca de atún de 2016, marines gaboneses (Marina Nacional) y oficiales de la Agencia de Regulacion Pesquera (ARP) estarán estacionados a bordo del Bob Barker, trabajando en colaboración con la tripulación de Sea Shepherd para patrullar las aguas territoriales de Gabón. Estas patrullas permitiran a las agencias del orden defender, conservar y protejer el delicado habitat del atún en África Occidental, desde abril hasta septiembre de 2016. 

 

The campaign aims to expand existing monitoring, control and surveillance measures; to detect and deter IUU fishing activity while also monitoring legal compliance by licensed fishing operators.

Of the global catch of fish, 15-40% is estimated to be caught by IUU operators, and 90% is caught in waters that fall under the authority of a Coastal State. It is the complicated systems of trans- boundaries in the Gulf of Guinea, coupled with the fact that many regional Coastal States lack adequate operational resources, why IUU fishing is so prevalent and prevails in waters off Africa's west coast.

Campaign leader, Captain Peter Hammarstedt, said, “In 2015, the epic chase of the notorious toothfish poaching vessel, Thunder, led us to the Gulf of Guinea. When the Gabonese Government expressed their willingness to intercept and arrest the Thunder, were it to enter Gabonese waters, they demonstrated an exemplary commitment to tackling fisheries crime head on. Working in cooperation with state authorities to enforce national and international conservation law is a natural step for Sea Shepherd to take and we are proud to work with Gabon, a country which intends to be a regional leader in establishing a gold standard for fisheries management and enforcement practices”

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