SANTIAGO – Chile’s navy said on Wednesday that it interdicted two Peruvian fishing boats caught operating without permits in Chilean waters.
The first incident occurred west of Antofagasta at a spot 498 km (309.4 mi) south of the maritime boundary between the two countries, where the Chilean patrol boat Cabo Odger spotted the Peruvian vessel Atencio I.
According to a navy statement, the crew was able to confirm that the ship did not have the proper permits.
A few hours later, and 30 km further north, the coastal patrol vessel Diaz detected another small Peruvian fishing boat named Atencio V, carrying four people.
The ship was found to be transporting two tons of blue shark, which the crew were not able to account for.
Both vessels were escorted to the port of Arcia, at the border between Chile and Peru, where the crew was handed over to the court, navy officials said.
“These arrests come within the framework of the 11th ocean watch operation taking place in the fourth Naval Zone this year, which also involved the use of four navy maritime vessels and a reconnaissance aircraft,” Rear Adm. Alberto Soto, commander of this naval zone, said.
He added that the operation aimed to guard Chile’s exclusive economic zone will be ongoing.