The two Equatorial Guinea-flagged poachers, Yongding and Kunlun, that the New Zealand Navy allowed to escape last month have been found again by the Sea Shepherd ship, Sam Simon.
The poachers were found fishing with impunity only 50 miles offshore from Australia's Mawson Research Station, in waters claimed by Australia.
When Sea Shepherd Captain Sid Chakravarty radioed them to cease and desist their illegal fishing activities, the Yongding turned onto a collision course with the Sam Simon. Unintimidated, Captain Chakravarty refused to yield, forcing the Yongding to turn away when only 10 metres from the Sam Simon and to flee northward.
The Sam Simon is following the Yongding. Unfortunately the Kunlun was able to escape. The Sam Simon could only follow one of the ships. The Kunlun was last seen steaming north, away from the coast of Antarctica.
It is very apparent that these poachers are aggressive and they are dangerous, so much so that they were able to fend off a New Zealand Naval boarding party last month.