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China to send fishery delegation to Taiwan for talks

China to send fishery delegation to Taiwan for talks

Taipei, June 30 (CNA) China's top fishery administrator will lead a delegation to Taiwan in August for talks on ways to cooperate in the fishing industry, according to a Council of Agriculture (COA) official.
Sha Chih-yi, director of the COA's Fisheries Administration, revealed China's plan during a fact-finding visit to Taiwan's outlying island of Kinmen Monday.
As Kinmen lies closer to China's Fujian province than to Taiwan proper, there have been frequent reports of Chinese fishing boats intruding into Kinmen waters for poaching.
Sha said he is concerned about Kinmen's fishery environment as Chinese poachers often use illegal fishing methods, such as electrofishing and dynamite fishing, to stun or kill schools of fish for easy collection. Such illegal practices can be extremely destructive to the surrounding ecosystem, as electric currents or explosions often destroy the underlying habitats, such as coral reefs, that support the fish.
Due to these problems, Sha said fishery issues also will be put on the agenda for the fourth round of high-level cross-Taiwan Strait talks slated for later this year.
"When Straits Exchange Foundation Chairman Chiang Pin-kung and his Chinese counterpart, Chen Yunlin, president of the Beijing-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, meet later this year, they will address bilateral fishing issues," Sha said.
In preparation for the Chiang-Chen talks, Sha said, China's Fishery Bureau under its Ministry of Agriculture will organize a delegation to visit Taiwan in August to exchange views on how to settle fishing disputes, cooperate on fishing resources conservation, and other related topics.
As fishery resources in the East China Sea and the Yellow Sea belong to people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, Sha said, the two sides should step up cooperation to better protect the abundant marine resources in waters that separate Taiwan from China.
During his Kinmen visit, Sha also met with Kinmen Magistrate Lee Chu-feng and promised to assist the county government in fishing port dredging and clean up, as well as farming community renovation.
(By Sofia Wu)




Updated : 2021-07-25 15:37 GMT+08:00