Alexa

Taiwan, Philippines set up systems to deal with fishery issues

Taiwan, Philippines set up systems to deal with fishery issues

Taipei, Oct. 22 (CNA) Taiwan and the Philippines established mechanisms Tuesday to inform each other of any fishery-related incidents in their overlapping exclusive economic zones, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. In their first formal talks on fishery issues, both sides agreed to immediately set up a hotline and a mechanism to inform each other of incidents such as maritime chases, the boarding and inspection of fishing boats by either side, and the arrest and detention of fishermen in their overlapping economic zones, the ministry said in a statement. Implementing consensus reached in a June 14 preparatory meeting, they also set up another system for the prompt release of detained fishing vessels and their crews, the ministry said. The June meeting came after a Philippine Coast Guard vessel opened fire on a Taiwanese fishing boat on May 9 in the two countries' overlapping economic waters and left a 65-year-old Taiwanese fisherman dead. In that meeting, both sides reached an initial consensus that there should be no use of force or violence during patrols of fishing grounds. To this end, the Philippine authorities have amended their domestic laws with immediate effect, the foreign ministry said. The Taiwan delegation in the two-day talks that ended Tuesday was headed by the country's representative to the Philippines Raymond Wang, while the Philippine delegation was led by Amadeo R. Perez Jr., chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office that handles ties with Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic relations, according to the ministry. The talks were attended by government officials from foreign affairs, fisheries and maritime enforcement agencies on both sides, the ministry said. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-02-26 10:26 GMT+08:00