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Chinese Fishing Fleets Are Sweeping South American Oceans Dry

A new Greenpeace report warns that foreign fishing fleets, mostly from China, are gobbling up every bit of marine life they can into 'stadium-sized' nets.

Greenpeace activists protesting in Argentina's 'Agujero Azul' biodiversity hotspot
Greenpeace activists protesting in Argentina's "Agujero Azul" biodiversity hotspot
Natasha Niebieskikwiat
BUENOS AIRES — A recent survey of fishing in the South Atlantic by the environmental group Greenpeace suggests that Argentina's sea waters are "under siege" by a fleet of foreign vessels.
The NGO found hundreds of foreign ships, mostly Chinese, but also Korean and Spanish, competing for fish in international waters on the edge of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) that Argentina administers for up to 200 miles from its shore. The area affected is not covered by national or international laws, and a survey from 2019 already found signs of a depletion of resources due to over-exploitation.

"The lack of fishing control is such that at the time of monitoring we found more vessels bordering Argentine waters than the number of vessels authorized within the EEZ," warned Luisina Vueso of Greenpeace in the report.

Greenpeace recently counted at least 470 boats in a biodiversity hotspot.

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War In Ukraine, Day 93: Is Kyiv Ready To Risk Taking War Into Russian Territory?

While Russia is accusing Ukraine of carrying out attacks on its territory, the U.S. is set to send rocket launchers that could fire into Russian territory. But Washington is also warning Kyiv of the high risks of escalation.

Malaya Rohan, town in Ukraine near Russian border

Shaun Lavelle, Cameron Manley and Emma Albright

Russia accused Ukraine of carrying out attacks on its territory, the latest indication that the war may be escalating dangerously across the border. The head of the Border Service of Russia’s Federal Security Service, Vladimir Kulishov, claimed that Ukrainian militants were trying to enter the country disguised as refugees.

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In an interview with government-owned Russian daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Kulishov said the situation at the border was difficult and that “additional temporary border posts were deployed.” He said that such actions preceded the invasion: “From 2014 to February 2022, the Ukrainian side undertook over 40 anti-Russian actions on the state border.”

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