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80% of the boats that fish on the Chilean maritime border are Chinese

In total, approximately 200 boats flying the Chinese flag operate on the border of the Exclusive Economic Zone.

Fishboat at sunset

China tops the list of the 20 countries with the largest fishing fleets on the high seas. According to the study "The economics of fishing on the high seas," published by the journal Science Advances and conducted by the National Geographic Society (NGS), China has more than 800 vessels.

The presence of China is felt strongly at the border of the Chilean Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The research shows that 80% of the boats have been identified as Chinese, 10% are Spanish, 4% Japanese and the rest are other nationalities. "There are about 200 Chinese boats that catch squid on the northern border of the Chilean EEZ, part of the Chinese fleet that fishes for squid from Ecuador to Chile, but especially in Peru. The Chinese squid fleet is the largest in South America," stated Enric Sala, of NGS, one of the main authors of the work that took two years.

Please note that this article was not originally written in this language.
Author: Carlos González Isla
This article is incomplete. Click here to read the full text from its original source, La Tercera
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