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Fishing Company Punished for Vessel Caught With Dead Sharks

The captain of the refrigerator ship Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999 (above) has been placed on a fishing-industry blacklist, six months after the vessel was found carrying 6,223 sharks in the protected waters around Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands. Photo: VCG
The captain of the refrigerator ship Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999 (above) has been placed on a fishing-industry blacklist, six months after the vessel was found carrying 6,223 sharks in the protected waters around Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands. Photo: VCG

The Chinese government has suspended the distant-water fishing activity of a company involved a shark-smuggling case near Ecuador last year, Caixin has learned.

The Ministry of Agriculture has temporarily halted the operations of all 78 distant-water fishing vessels owned by Fujian-based Fuzhou Honglong Ocean Aquatic Products. The move comes six months after a refrigerator ship owned by the company was caught in the Galapagos Marine Reserve with thousands of shark carcasses onboard, according to a document seen by Caixin.

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