Ex-Philippine officials accuse Xi of crimes against humanity

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Two former Philippine officials have taken the bold step of filing a complaint with the International Criminal Court accusing Chinese President Xi Jinping of crimes ag...

Taiwan Coast Guard seizes Chinese fishing boat near Penghu

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taiwanese Coast Guard in Penghu seized a Chinese fishing boat this morning that crossed into Taiwan’s territorial waters, and which refused to obey commands of c...

Taiwan Coast Guard releases 2 Chinese fishing boats impounded since December

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Following several incidents involving Chinese fishing boats trespassing into Taiwan’s territorial waters, and with the added threat of African Swine Fever, legislato...

Chinese vessel fined for fishing in Taiwanese waters

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Chinese fishing vessel was fined NT$1.6 million (USD$51,950) for illegally fishing in Taiwanese waters on Dec. 3, 2018, reported CNA. The vessel was caught illegally ...

EU to evaluate Taiwan's efforts in fighting illegal fishing in March

A new round of evaluations on Taiwan's efforts to combat illegal fishing is expected to take place in March, a spokesperson for the European Union (EU) said on Thursday. The official, who spoke...

EU withdraws ban threat on Thai fisheries after reforms

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has withdrawn its threat to ban Thai fisheries exports into the bloc after Bangkok pushed through reforms to contain illegal fishing. Thailand, one...

Successful Taiwan-Japan maritime cooperation talks conclude in Tokyo

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The third official meeting for maritime cooperation talks between Taiwan and Japan began on Thursday, Dec. 27 and concluded on Friday, Dec. 28 in Tokyo, Japan. Despite ...

Japan and Taiwan to hold talks on maritime issues in Tokyo this week

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – After reports last week that Taiwanese fishing boats had trespassed Japanese territorial waters over 300 times in 2018, governments of the two countries are set to meet fo...

Taiwanese fishing vessels caught killing dolphins, finning sharks

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The NGO Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) has reportedly completed a new report that charges illegal and unethical conduct aboard many of Taiwan’s fishing vesse...

Ex-sheriff's captain avoids jail in illegal fishing scheme

BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts sheriff's office captain convicted of helping the fishing magnate known as the "Codfather" smuggle the proceeds of his illegal fishing schemes to Portugal has avoi...

Mexico's vaquita porpoise gets new chance; 6 sighted

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Experts want to enclose a small area of the Gulf of California where the critically endangered vaquita porpoise remains after they sighted about a half dozen of the elusive creature...

Mexican judge frees suspect of poaching in vaquita habitat

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A judge in Mexico has ordered the release of a man suspected of involvement in illegal fishing that endangers the world's smallest porpoise. The arrest of Oscar Pa...

Taiwan nabs truck-load of illegal shark meat

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan authorities seized over 30 tones of illegal shark meat at Kaohsiung Xiagang Fishing Harbor (高雄小港漁港) on Sept. 5, the Fisheries Agency (漁業署) said in a statement yeste...

Mexico nabs alleged gang hitman also tied to illegal fishing

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in Mexico's Baja California state say they have arrested a drug gang hitman who also allegedly ran fish-harvesting operations that have endangered the rare vaquita porpo...

Taiwan seeks removal from EU illegal fishing watch list with tighter regulation

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Executive Yuan of Taiwan passed an amendment Sept. 13 proposing stricter regulations for fishing that will see violators given fines of up to NT$2.5 million (US$80,475...