The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MAGRAMA) is inspecting the headquarters of several companies for alleged link with vessels included in the list of illegal fishing in the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).
Operation Sparrow (in cooperation with Interpol) is developing in companies located in the province of A Coruña, after several months of investigation. These companies seem to the the beneficial owners of the Songhua, Kunlun and Yongding that were spotted by the NZ in January this year.
The fish inspection services are dealing with the examination of numerous physical and electronic documentation.
The operation could lead to the opening of different sanctioning procedures on maritime fishing.
For their part, the fish inspection services are responsible for developing complex investigations in collaboration with partner nations in the fight against illegal fishing, such as New Zealand.
The implementation of the Council Regulation 1005/2008 the European Union (EU) to prevent and deter illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, prohibits national community members to have links with vessels listed for illegal fishing.