Detained and Deflagged – World’s Largest Fish Factory Vessel Rendered Stateless

The Damanzaihao – a pirate “super-fishing” vessel – arrested and seized in Peru and now struck off the Marine Registry of Belize.

Chimbote, Peru – June 7th, 2018 – In the latest setback for the colossal 50,000 ton pirate ship, Belize has revoked the registration of the Damanzaihao, the largest fish factory vessel in the world.

The International Marine Registry of Belize (IMMARBE) stripped the Damanzaihao of its flag, at the request of Sea Shepherd Legal (SSL), for failing to appropriately complete its vessel registration materials and notify Belize of its record of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, according to a statement issued Wednesday.

The move renders the vessel stateless, according to marine conservation group Sea Shepherd, who has been working to get the vessel arrested and de-listed in the region.

Sea Shepherd’s Captain Paul Watson stated “Sea Shepherd will work hard to ensure that other potential flag states follow suit should the Damanzaihao ever be allowed to leave Peruvian waters. If it ends up on the other side of the world, I hope it is in the form of paperclips, after it has been scrapped”.

The Damanzaihao is the largest fish factory vessel in the world, capable of processing 547,000 tons of fish per year. The vessel has been languishing in port since 2014 after having its mackerel fishing license stripped. Pacific Mackerel stocks have collapsed in recent years, being caught increasingly for reduction into feed for the salmon farming industry.

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Last week Peruvian authorities initiated a criminal investigation into China Fishery Group and detained the vessel in the El Ferrol bay, Chimbote.

The ship is being held for a period of 70 days for allegedly polluting the Peruvian sea and for criminal charges relating to IUU Fisheries Crimes spanning from South America to New Zealand.

Ministerio Publico Fiscalia de la Nacion said fines for the vessel could be up to $7 million USD (€6 million) for the damage.

Peruvian prosecutors and ministry officials are actively working with Sea Shepherd to defend the ongoing detention of the Damanzaihao pending a criminal investigation, with a hearing on the detention status scheduled for Monday, June 14.

In April, bankrupt China Fishery Group, said it would sell the controversial vessel to Singapore-based DVS-R PTE, in a New York Bankruptcy Court. Sea Shepherd has received documents affirming the sale has gone ahead within Peruvian waters, despite the vessel’s intention to slip port prior to the completion of sale.

Over the past two weeks, the Damanzaihao had twice requested permission to leave port in an obvious attempt to escape the tightening noose.

On April 20, 2018, Sea Shepherd delivered a formal letter to the Peruvian Ministry of Production (the agency that issued the multi-million dollar fine) imploring the government to take additional steps to ensure the ship pay for its crimes, and informing the authorities the vessel would likely flee offshore and shirk its responsibilities.

Sea Shepherd Vessel M/V John Paul DeJoria was recently in Peruvian waters, investigating and gathering intelligence to assist the Peruvian Government, in its fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (“IUU”) fishing.

Sea Shepherd commends the governments of Peru and Belize and their commitment to combatting IUU Fishing.

Sea Shepherd is steadfast in its resolve to stop the Damanzaihao from destroying marine ecosystems across the planet.

Largest Fish Factory Vessel in the World Arrested and Seized

LARGEST FISH FACTORY VESSEL IN THE WORLD ARRESTED AND SEIZED IN PERU PENDING CRIMINAL CHARGES

 The noose tightens on the Damanzaihao –a notorious black listed vessel – barred from leaving Peru with fines unpaid and resuming its slaughter of over half a million tons of marine wildlife per year.

Chimbote, Peru – May 31st, 2018 – Agents from the Peruvian Environmental Prosecutor’s Office boarded the Damanzaihao last night, as part of a federal criminal investigation based on presumed acts of illegal fishing.  Acting on a formal request filed by the Ministry of Environment, the Environmental Prosecutor’s Office has ordered the vessel be detained pending further investigation.

The new criminal case is predicated on the same acts of illegal fishing – proven beyond all dispute – that led to the imposition of a multi-million dollar administrative fine in 2016.  In addition, Peruvian authorities have also accused the Damanzaihao of polluting the marine environment through the illegal discharge of fluids and effluents while anchored in Chimbote.

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Federal Environmental Prosecutor and Coast Guard Officers

Over the past week, the Damanzaihao has twice requested permission to leave port in an obvious attempt to escape the tightening noose. On April 20, 2018, Sea Shepherd delivered a formal letter to the Peruvian Ministry of Production (the agency that issued the multi-million dollar fine) imploring the government to take additional steps to ensure the ship pay for its crimes.

The Damanzaihao is the largest fish factory vessel in the world, capable of processing 547,000 tons of fish per year.

Sea Shepherd Vessel M/V John Paul DeJoria was recently in Peruvian waters, investigating and gathering intelligence to assist the Peruvian Government in its fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (“IUU”) Fishing.

Despite the Damanzaihao switching flag states from Peru to Belize while anchored in Peruvian waters, Peru is taking a strong stance in its efforts to bring the Damanzaihao to justice. Under the Peruvian Penal Code, successful conviction carries a penalty of three to five years of incarceration. Sea Shepherd applauds Peru’s commitment to combating IUU fishing and continues to provide support to Peru to help bring an end to the rampant over-exploitation of the oceans.

Belize was previously “red carded” by the European Commission for its lack of commitment to tackle IUU fishing. While its red-card has since been lifted, Belize must immediately take measures to refrain from inappropriately continuing to flag the Damanzaihao and allowing it to destroy marine ecosystems across the planet.

Sea Shepherd, together with its government allies in Peru, are working to ensure that the Damanzaihao’s efforts to exploit the oceans are thwarted in the long-term.

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Federal Environmental Prosecutor and Coast Guard Officers

Largest Fish Factory Vessel in the World Arrested and Seized

LARGEST FISH FACTORY VESSEL IN THE WORLD ARRESTED AND SEIZED IN PERU PENDING CRIMINAL CHARGES

 The noose tightens on the Damanzaihao –a notorious black listed vessel – barred from leaving Peru with fines unpaid and resuming its slaughter of over half a million tons of marine wildlife per year.

Chimbote, Peru – May 31st, 2018 – Agents from the Peruvian Environmental Prosecutor’s Office boarded the Damanzaihao last night, as part of a federal criminal investigation based on presumed acts of illegal fishing.  Acting on a formal request filed by the Ministry of Environment, the Environmental Prosecutor’s Office has ordered the vessel be detained pending further investigation.

The Pressure is on to Stop the Damanzaihao

THE PRESSURE IS ON TO STOP THE DAMANZAIHAO – A NOTORIOUS BLACKLISTED VESSEL – FROM LEAVING PERU WITH UNPAID FINES AND RESUMING ITS SLAUGHTER OF OVER HALF OF A MILLION TONS OF MARINE WILDLIFE PER YEAR.

The Damanzaihao is the largest fish factory vessel in the world, capable of processing 547,000 tons of fish per year. As a result of the Damanzaihao’s illicit fishing activities, the government of Peru issued a multi-million USD fine against the vessel in 2014. That debt remains outstanding and, while in port in Chimbote, the Damanzaihao has been polluting Peru’s waters.

Despite these atrocities, the vessel has reflagged to Belize and was seeking authorization to slip out of port in the night and head to China.

Sea Shepherd vessel M/V John Paul de Joria was recently in Peruvian waters, investigating and gathering intelligence to assist the Peruvian Government.

The Peruvian Government has denied the vessel’s request to depart by issuing an order refusing clearance.

Sea Shepherd thanks the Peruvian Coast Guard, Interior Ministry, Ministry of the Environment (MINAM), Federal Environmental Prosecutor for the District of Santa: Dr. Evelyn LaMadrid Vences, and Harbour Master of the port of Chimbote for temporarily restricting the Damanzaihao from departing.

Belize was previously “red carded” by the European Commission for its lack of commitment to tackle illegal, unreported, and unregulated (“IUU”) fishing. While its red-card has since been lifted, Belize must immediately take measures to refrain from inappropriately continuing to flag the Damanzaihao and allowing it to destroy marine ecosystems across the planet.

Sea Shepherd, together with its government allies in Peru, are working to ensure that the Damanzaihao’s efforts to exploit the oceans are thwarted in the long-term.