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France, Taiwan to inspect each other's fishing ships on open sea

France, Taiwan to inspect each other's fishing ships on open sea

Taipei, Dec. 25 (CNA) France has notified the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) that it will start a mutual fishing vessel inspection agreement with Taiwan, the Fisheries Administration said Friday.
From Feb. 2, France and Taiwan will start mutual on-board inspections on the open sea covered by the international organization set up to conserve and manage stocks of highly migratory fish in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.
France will join New Zealand, the Cook Islands, the United States and Japan in conducting the mutual on-board inspections with Taiwan, the officials said.
They went on that in line with inspection regulations under the WCPFC, Taiwan's tuna boats, whether purse seiners, longliners of over 100 tons or small longliners of under 100 tons, will have to follow the inspection regulations.
When fishing vessels from the other countries board Taiwanese fishing vessels, the skipper will have to have his licence, fishing haul reports and operation log ready and should also report the inspection to the Coast Guard Administration and fishery radio so that the Fisheries Administration can be notified.
(By Tang Pei-chun and Lilian Wu)