Chinese Fishing Vessels Cleaning Out The Persian Gulf

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As the night sets in Chinese vessels are illegally cleaning out fish resources in the Persian Gulf, a pro-reform Iranian daily, Sharq (Orient) disclosed on Wednesday, July 8.

Meanwhile, Iranian fishermen are forced to pay ten thousand dollars in bribes to Somalian pirates to let them fish on the African shores, Sharq reported.

Citing a farmers’ representative, Khalilollah Derakhshan, the daily says, “Since the Chinese vessels are equipped with ‘fish-detecting’ machines, they identify schools of fish at night and catch them all.”

The value of the fish caught in one single night by the Chinese in southern waters is sometimes equal to the price of their vessels, Derakhshan has lamented.

Fish trawling by Chinese vessels has been the subject of widespread protests in recent years, in Iran.

Trawling is a method of fishing that involves pulling a fishing net through the water behind one or more boats. The vessels used for trawling are also called trawlers or draggers.

Officials in the Islamic Republic have so far made contradictory statements about the presence of Chinese trawling vessels in Iranian territorial waters.

On August 18, 2019, the Deputy for Port Affairs of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran (PMOI), Mohammad Ali Hassanzadeh, revealed that Chinese ships were operating under a “long-term lease” for fishing at a depth of 200 meters (roughly 656 feet) in Iranian waters.