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Chinese fishermen fined NT$4 million

Chinese fishermen fined NT$4 million

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The treasury raked in NT$4.3 million (US$132,000) in fines leveled against Chinese fishermen last month, media reports said Saturday.
The Coast Guard has faced recurrent problems with trawlers from China fishing within Taiwanese territorial waters, but due to the short distances separating offshore islands like Kinmen from the coast of China, it has sometimes been difficult to catch the perpetrators.
New laws and regulations allow the authorities to level fines on the captains of Chinese and other foreign vessels fishing illegally in Taiwanese waters.
In the latest incident, the Chinese-registered Minlongyu 66820 was apprehended 19 nautical miles from the tiny island of Mutou around 6 a.m. Saturday, reports said. The ship had only been taken into service last August 1, according to the Chinese-language Apple Daily.
The Coast Guard reportedly first tried to chase the ship away, but when that did not work, it boarded the vessel. All ten crew members were reportedly taken to Makung, the main town on the Penghu Islands in the middle of the Taiwan Straits, for questioning.
The ship’s 28-year-old captain, Yu Xiaoqiang, reportedly told the authorities that he did not know his vessel had entered Taiwanese territorial waters, though he admitted the crew had thrown out nets twice since arriving in the area.
The Coast Guard said new regulations allowed it to levy heavier fines and to keep fishermen in custody for a longer time to act as a deterrent. Since August 1, the Coast Guard had caught seven Chinese fishing trawlers, and four of them had been fined a total of NT$4.3 million so far, officers said.
The Coast Guard also called on Taiwanese fishing crews locating violators to report them by phone or radio.


Updated : 2021-09-24 22:57 GMT+08:00