North Korean ‘Ghost Ships’ Mystery Solved
Hundreds of Chinese fishing vessels were sailing in waters off North Korea during the time when the ‘ghost ships’ were arriving at Japanese shores.
A new report has seemingly solved the mystery of North Korean “ghost ships” that were found to be washing up on the shores of Japan a few years ago. A study by the non-profit organisation, Global Fishing Watch has found that the ships were a result of China’s ”dark” fishing fleet. It has found that hundreds of Chinese fishing vessels were sailing in waters off North Korea during the time when the “ghost ships” were arriving at Japanese shores.
In 2017, Japan‘s north coast was the site of a ghastly phenomenon in which North Korea’s fishing boats were washing up on its shore carrying several dead bodies. These boats were more than 1,000 kilometres away from their homeland. The study has found that around 900 Chinese ships in 2017 and 700 in 2018 violated international law by selling North Korean fish internationally. They caught more than 1,60,000 metric tons of Pacific flying squid, which were worth more than $440 million.
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