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Illegally caught marine mammals easily smuggled into Argentina and Uruguay and later into global trade

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Many fishing fleets from China, Taiwan, South Korea and Spain have been stationed in Montevideo Harbor for some years. As they do not have licenses to fish within Argentina, foreign vessels focus on waters near the outer limits of the exclusive economic zones (EEZs), where they find many migratory species.

EEZs are areas extending 200 nautical miles from the coastline, reserved to countries that adhere to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The waters of both countries are home to 50 species of marine mammals that live in the waters of Argentina . . .

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