Chinese fishing boat, crew held after poaching in Taiwanese waters

11/21/2022 05:56 PM
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Photo courtesy of the CGA
Photo courtesy of the CGA

Taichung, Nov. 21 (CNA) A Chinese fishing vessel and its crew have been detained by authorities after being found poaching in Taiwan's exclusive economic waters, according to the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) on Monday.

The Minping (閩平) fishing boat carrying 14 crew members, including its captain, was caught trespassing and operating illegally 43 nautical miles west of Taichung Port by a coast guard patrol vessel at around 2:12 p.m. Sunday, the CGA said.

The fishing boat ignored orders to stop for inspection and attempted to flee, but was subsequently intercepted by the Taichung patrol, it said.

Coast guard officers boarded the ship and an onboard inspection found 3 metric tons of fish that was later tossed into the sea.

The Minping, captained by a Chinese national identified by his last name Zhou (周), set sail from the Port of Xiangzhi in Fujian Province on Nov. 19, the CGA said in its preliminary investigation.

The fishing vessel has been impounded at the Port of Taichung and its crew detained by the CGA, which said the case will be handled based on the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area.

(By Chao Li-yen and Ko Lin)

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