The Ecuadorean Navy has arrested nine fishing vessels - eight of them from the United States and one from Canada - since the "tuna war" flared again last Sunday (November 12).
The Ecuadorean Navy has arrested nine fishing vessels - eight of them from the United States and one from Canada - since the "tuna war" flared again last Sunday (November 12). The first eight were all taken into custody on Monday and Tuesday - the last U.S. vessel was arrested on Wednesday. All have been charged with fishing illegally within Ecuador's claimed 200-mile (320 kms) limit. All their skipper are to be tried and fined, according to Ecuadorean Government reports.
Ecuador - like 10 other Latin American countries - claim the 200-mile territorial waters, but major fishing nations such as the United States and Canada, recognise only a 12-mile (20 kms) limit.
SYNOPSIS: Nine fishing boats have been arrested by Ecuador.
Eight are from the United States, and the ninth is from Canada. Their arrest is the latest move in the dispute nicknamed "the Tuna War". It arises from Ecuador's claim to territorial right up to two hundred miles off-more.
Ecuador says the vessels were operating within this limit, which is not recognised by the major fishing nations, such as the USA and Canada.
Ten other Latin American nations also claim a two-hundred mile limit, but other fishing vessels accept only the international twelve-mile boundary. Fines totalling two hundred and twenty-five pounds were imposed on seven of the skippers of the arrested vessels. Since than three other boats have been arrested. Two are American and one Japanese.