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Vietnamese fishing vessel fined for poaching in Taiwan waters

2019/06/17 18:37

Photo courtesy of CGA

Taipei, June 17 (CNA) A Vietnamese fishing boat was fined and escorted out of Taiwan's territorial waters after being detained for illegally fishing in the nation's exclusive economic zone (EEZ), the Coast Guard Administration (COA) said Monday.

Two ships and two patrol boats were mobilized to detain the Vietnamese fishing boat June 8 after it was caught fishing 175 nautical miles southeast of Eluanbi, Pingdong County, within Taiwan's EEZ, the Kaohsiung coast guard unit said.

According to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), an EEZ is defined as an area 200 nautical miles from a coastal state's baselines, within which the coastal state enjoys exclusive rights to exploit the marine resources.

COA officers found approximately 1,700 kilograms of tuna, swordfish and assorted fish on the Vietnamese boat, which was brought back to Kaohsiung harbor for legal proceedings, according to the Kaohsiung coast guard.

The Vietnamese fishing boat was escorted out of Taiwan's territorial waters on Sunday after being fined NT$1 million (US$31,470) in accordance with the Law on the Exclusive Economic Zone and the Continental Shelf of the Republic of China.

This year, the Kaohsiung coast guard unit has apprehended three foreign vessels illegally fishing in Taiwan's waters, resulting in fines of NT$6.9 million, according to the COA.

(By Kuo Chi-hsuan and Emerson Lim)Enditem/AW