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Taiwan attended European Union’s Our Ocean event in Malta

Taiwan promised to act on deep-sea and illegal fishing

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Taiwan attended the EU event Our Ocean in Malta last October (photo courtesy of European Commission YouTube).

Taiwan attended the EU event Our Ocean in Malta last October (photo courtesy of European Commission YouTube).

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – For the first time, government officials from Taiwan attended the European Union’s Our Ocean event, hosted by Malta last October, the Central News Agency reported Saturday.

More than a hundred countries and non-governmental organizations at the conference made more than 400 promises, with Taiwan focusing on deep-sea fishing.

The Overseas Fisheries Development Council (OFDC, 對外漁協), a group set up by the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture (COA), was represented by its chairman and a board member who both held senior positions at the COA, reports said.

The delegation promised Taiwan would do more to combat illegal fishing, and take part in a five-year program valued at about NT$2.3 billion (US$76.8 million) to tighten supervision of deep-sea and ocean fishing, CNA reported.

The OFDC also told the conference it would invest in a NT$500-million (US$16-million) research project concerning artificial coral and the cleaning up of the waters around Penghu.


Updated : 2020-11-30 04:40 GMT+08:00