Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Iran, Aug 20, 2018 - On 18th August, Tasnim News Agency close to the IRGC Quds force, published a piece literally saying that the Iranian regime has allowed Chinese fishers to hunt in Iranian deep waters.
According to the Tasnim article, Mohammad Ali Hassanzadeh, deputy chief of Ports and Maritime Organization, said: “Chinese ships have signed an official long-term agreement with Iran’s Fishery that allows them to fish up to 200 meters deep in Iran’s waters in the Gulf of Oman.”
Treacherous policies of the mullahs’ regime
Allowing Chinese ships to trawl the bottom of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman is among the treasonous policies of the Iranian regime. It’s also in line with their other policies like exporting Iranian soil and potable water to Arab states of the Persian Gulf and Iraq or selling out Iranian shares in the Caspian Sea to Iran’s northern neighbors to secure their support in international bodies.
Around 300 foreign persons are working in Iranian vessels and totally around 85 vessels are active in the field of fishing Lantern Fish in southern Iranian waters.
Trawling is the practice of dragging heavily weighted nets across the seafloor to sweep up fish – like cod and haddock – that thrive there. The long-term consequences for the eco system and fisheries is devastating.
Official confirmation of Chinese fishing in Iranian deep waters in the Gulf of Oman
The deputy chief of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization said: Chinese ships have official agreements for long-term leases that allows them to fish in 200 meter deep waters of Iran in the Gulf of Oman. The Chinese have a long-term leasing agreement with Iran’s Fishery. It seems like the technology of these Chinese boats doesn’t exist in Iran so that we can fish in 200-meter-deep waters.”
He continued: “The Chinese have an official warrant and agreement to fish in 200 meter deep waters. As to whether the crews are Chinese or not, it should be said that currently the crews of all boats that frequent ports are from every country.”
Keeping Iranian fishers in check and giving Chinese fishers a free rein
Chinese fishers with their industrial fishing boats use high voltage electricity to increase their rewards. This method hurts aquatic animals that are out of the fishing radius.
On 8th May, an Iranian fisher from Parsian Port told a reporter from state-run ISNA News Agency: “Why are Chinese boats allowed to enter Iranian waters and destroy everything while this type of fishing is forbidden? Why can foreign fishers easily fish with their boats in Iranian waters and nobody cares, but when an Iranian fisher enters the water of other countries around the Persian Gulf, they will be instantly stopped and sent to courts?”
Another fisher says: “The Chinese take everything they get by fishing and we’ve had clashes with them a number of times over why they destroy the sea bottom by trawling, but they don’t listen and it is beyond our power to force them.”