China's TERRIFYING vast armada of fishing boats INVADE!

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The Galápagos Islands were defended by Ecuador, but other countries had no chance against the 17,000-strong distant-water navy.
The discovery by the Ecuadorean navy of a massive fishing armada of 340 Chinese vessels just off the biodiverse Galápagos Islands sparked indignation in Ecuador and around the world.
China has issued contradictory signals that it may begin to rein in its massive international fishing fleet in response to Ecuador's vehement response. Its embassy in Ecuador adopted a "zero tolerance" stance for illicit fishing, and last week it unveiled a number of new measures to tighten the rules for its massive armada.
The episode has shown how difficult it is for small nations to stand up to China's distant fleet, even when it descends on the archipelago that inspired Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution, with 325 of those 340 ships remaining off Ecuador and local navy commander Darwin Jarrn saying last week that nearly half of those vessels had intermittently switched off their satellite communications – breaching the rules of the regional fisheries management organization.
China's massive fishing fleet, by far the largest in the world, has been overfishing seas far farther from the world's sight than the islands known for giant tortoises and iguanas. The fleet has expanded into other countries' waters from West Africa's Gulf of Guinea to the Korean peninsula, shutting off transponders to escape discovery, reducing fish stocks and risking food security for sometimes impoverished coastal towns. Fishing vessels in east Asia could be at the forefront of an aggressive geopolitical strategy aimed at pressing territorial claims.
Companies and captains engaging in illegal, unreported, and unregulated – or IUU – fishing will face tougher penalties under China's new regulations, which were announced this week. Conservationists following the Galápagos episode, on the other hand, are skeptical.
"The problem remains the same beyond this one-sided announcement," says Pablo Guerrero, WWF Ecuador's marine conservation director. "These boats operate without observers on board; they do not return to port; instead, they transship their catch to mother vessels, which land it at ports." In a nutshell, they are always fishing; the fishing activity never stops."
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