ILLEGAL CHINESE FISHING VESSEL, FU YUAN YU 076, ENTERS SOUTH CHINA SEA. DOCUMENTED DESTROYING EVIDENCE ON-BOARD.

The fishing vessel Fu Yuan Yu 076, one of six vessels documented fishing illegally in the Indian Ocean by Sea Shepherd, has crossed over to South China Sea from the high seas of the Indian Ocean, through the Malacca Straits. The vessel entered the Chinese Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on March 22, 2016 at 0836 UTC, Southwest of Nansha Qundao (Spratly Island) bordering the Indonesian EEZ.

The Fu Yuan Yu 076 has switched off its Automatic Identification System (AIS). Sea Shepherd’s Flagship, The MV Steve Irwin, remains on the tail of the illegal vessel ensuring that its location is relayed to the relevant authorities across the world, including authorities in China.

In these photos, Sea Shepherd documents the vessel destroying evidence of its illegal fishing activity.

Below: A comparative photo between the FU YUAN YU 071 and the FU YUAN YU 076 that indicates the vessel is attempting to hide its identity by taping down the Chinese flag and removing the identification name boards. 

Below: A comparative photo between the FU YUAN YU 071 and the FU YUAN YU 076 that shows the absence of the net-hauling winch and the net-transfer chute in an attempt to tamper with the evidence of her illegal fishing operations.

The fishing vessel Fu Yuan Yu 076, one of six vessels documented fishing illegally in the Indian Ocean by Sea Shepherd, has crossed over to South China Sea from the high seas of the Indian Ocean, through the Malacca Straits. The vessel entered the Chinese Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on March 22, 2016 at 0836 UTC, Southwest of Nansha Qundao (Spratly Island) bordering the Indonesian EEZ.

The Fu Yuan Yu 076 has switched off its Automatic Identification System (AIS). Sea Shepherd’s Flagship, The MV Steve Irwin, remains on the tail of the illegal vessel ensuring that its location is relayed to the relevant authorities across the world, including authorities in China.

In the below, Sea Shepherd documents the vessel destroying evidence of its illegal fishing activity.

The FU YUAN YU 076 leaves a trail of fishing sacks used to store its catch in its wake. The crew of the Steve Irwin retrieve fishing sacks, to hand-over as evidence to authorities.

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