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Taiwan to protect fishermen from rights infringements

2018/03/23 15:42:09

Taipei, March 23 (CNA) The Presidential Office said Friday that the government will protect its fishermen and their right to fish, in response to concerns that a proposed Philippines marine base on an island near Taiwan will infringe upon fishing operations.

Isagani Nato, spokesman of the Philippines Northern Luzon Command, announced a day earlier that the Philippines is planning to build a base on Mavulis Island, an uninhabited island located 141 kilometers southeast of Eluanbi, Taiwan's southernmost tip.

The base, the building of which is scheduled to commence in April, will serve to guard the Philippines' maritime domain and counteract poaching.

Addressing local concerns that this will affect fishing in the area, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said the government will do its utmost to ensure the rights of local fishermen.

The Coast Guard Administration on Thursday said that the island on which the base will be located falls outside the two countries' overlapping exclusive economic zones, so the move should not affect Taiwanese fishermen's activities.

The administration said it will nonetheless adjust the number of patrol boats and monitoring stations in the area.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Kuan-lin Liu)