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Taiwan raises fines for illegal fishing in its waters by Chinese boats

Taipei, April 21 (CNA) Taiwan's Legislature on Tuesday passed an amendment bill that allows for bigger fines against Chinese boats caught illegally fishing in its waters. The amendment to the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area is aimed mainly at stemming illegal fishing and protecting the rights and livelihood of Taiwan's fishermen, authorities said. Any Chinese vessel entering Taiwan's waters illegally for fishing or other purposes will be subject to a fine of NT$300,000-NT$10 million (US$9,642-US$321,419), according to the new amendment. It changes the regulations that allowed fines of between NT$50,000 and NT$500,000 for illegal fishing in Taiwan's waters by Chinese boats. Under the previous regulations, any vessels entering restricted or prohibited marine areas of Taiwan without permission would be seized or chased away and, if deemed necessary, the crew would be detained and the cargo seized. In the cases where a non-fishing vessel was seized, its owner, operator or captain was subject to a fine of between NT$1 million and NT$10 million. The new bill now applies the same fine of NT$300,000-NT$10 million to all Chinese boats illegally entering Taiwan's waters, whether for fishing or other purposes. (By Chen Wei-ting and Elizabeth Hsu)

Updated : 2021-09-20 17:16 GMT+08:00