Illegal fishermen shoot environmentalists’ drone

Illegal fishermen shoot environmentalists’ drone

Dec 29, 2017

Eighteen shots were fired at a drone from the environmental group Sea Shepherd when it carried out inspection and surveillance actions in the waters of the Sea of ​​Cortez.

The detonations knocked down the drone when it was flying over a boat of allegd furtive fishermen hunting for totoaba fish, and while they were picking up the gill net, the drone caught them in flagrante delicto during the night of Sunday.

The Sea Shepherd’s captain observed through the radar three boats at 9:30 p.m. on December 24 when they were going into the protected area, so he gave the order to send the surveillance drone to detect in night vision the image of the fishermen and catch them in the act of illegal fishing.

The fact was recorded by the drone’s camera (OEM)

The fact was recorded by the drone’s camera, as one of the fishermen who held a firearm in his hands, can be seen pulling the trigger five times against the drone without hitting it.

The batteries were then replaced to fly over a second vessel 1.4 nautical miles away, which fired on thirteen occasions before the screen marked “disconnected”.

“We will not go anywhere,” commented the captain, “they will not intimidate us with this type of threat. The vaquita needs us and also the long list of species attacked by illegal fishermen in the Sea of Cortez. While there are illegal nets in these waters, the Sea Shepherd will be there to take them out of the sea. ”

Source: OEM

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