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Taiwan listed for second time in U.S. 2023 illegal fishing report

09/08/2023 06:44 PM
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Washington/Taipei, Sept. 8 (CNA) Companies from Taiwan and six other nations were identified as engaging in illegal fishing by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States in its latest 2023 report, the second time Taiwan has been listed.

Taiwan was first listed by NOAA as having vessels engaged in illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities, and as lacking a regulatory program comparable in effectiveness to that of the U.S. to reduce the bycatch of protected marine life in fishing operations in its 2021 report.

According to the 2023 biennial report, the seven nations and entities involved in IUU fishing included Angola, Grenada, Mexico, the People's Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan, The Gambia, and Vanuatu.

The report also listed the PRC and Taiwan as producing seafood-related goods by means of forced labor and identified the PRC and Vanuatu as deliberately fishing for sharks without a regulatory program comparable to that of the U.S.

The NOAA said this is the first time the report has identified nations involved in shark fishing and forced labor in the seafood sector when making IUU fishing listings.

In the new report, Taiwan received credit for having taken corrective actions to address the protected marine life bycatch activities and IUU fishing activities identified in the 2021 Report.

In response to the report, Taiwan's Fisheries Agency said on Friday that the U.S. will conduct consultations with it over the issues detailed, and it will provide Washington with more information on the country's efforts to correct and punish IUU fishing.

Meanwhile, the agency said the U.S. has already been informed of Taiwan's work to improve fishermen's rights, and efforts to eliminate forced labor in pelagic fishing.

The NOAA is an American scientific and regulatory agency under theU.S. Department of Commerce that forecasts weather, monitors oceanicand atmospheric conditions, charts the seas, conducts deep seaexploration, and manages fishing and protection of marine mammals andendangered species in the U.S. exclusive economic zone.

(By Lu Ying-tzu, Yang Shu-min and Evelyn Yang)

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