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Philippines detains Pingtung 'poaching' fishing boat

Philippines detains Pingtung 'poaching' fishing boat

Taipei, May 7 (CNA) A fishing boat registered in Liouciou in the southernmost county of Pingtung has been detained by the Philippines, charged with poaching, the Liouciou Fishermen's Association said Thursday. The fishing boat departed Wednesday morning for Davao in the southern Philippines but was held in waters off Batanes Islands, the association's chief executive Tsai Pao-hsing (???) said, adding that the boat with two Taiwanese and four foreign crew members aboard was still being detained. The fishing boat was passing through waters 6.5 nautical miles from the Philippines' Yami island early Thursday morning when inspectors on a Philippine ship approached and boarded the fishing boat to investigate possible poaching of fish, Tsai said, citing information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Tsai said he phoned Hung Tien-ting (???), the skipper of the fishing boat, around 3 p.m. Thursday, who told him that the boat was not operating commercially but only exercising the right of innocent passage through the territorial sea of the Philippines. The fishermen's association has asked the MOFA to communicate with the Philippine government to have the fishing boat and crew released immediately if they are found not in violation of related laws, according to Tsai. (By Kuo Chu-chen and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-18 14:07 GMT+08:00