This incident is far from the first for Korea's fishing vessels. The same vessel was caught illegally fishing in Argentine waters last year, and Korea was identified as an IUU nation in Jan. 2013. Over the past year, 34 cases of IUU, non-compliance incidents were recorded.
"The naughty kid is back home and the world is watching to see if Korea has the determination or capability to control its own fleet. These IUU cases expose loopholes in existing legislation where the government does not have the legal ground to take further action." said Han. "Insung has repeatedly damaged Korea's international reputation with IUU fishing, and are likely to be allowed to continue their business illegally exploiting the oceans. Insung IUU cases highlight alarming problems with existing legislation."