On March 23 2016, whilst in pursuit of the illegal driftnet vessel, the Fu Yuan Yu 076, The MV Steve Irwin was approached by two warships of the Chinese Navy.
The vessels questioned the Steve Irwin as to why it was in Chinese waters chasing a Chinese vessel. Captain Siddharth Chakravarty responded, outlining the illegal history of the Fu Yuan Yu fleet and announcing his intention to continue his pursuit of the Fu Yuan Yu 076.
Upon receiving the information, the warships have left the Steve Irwin, allowing the mission to continue.
The Steve Irwin now remains in pursuit of the Fu Yuan Yu 076, and continues to relay information about the ship’s movements and operations to relevant authorities, as the vessels inch closer to China.