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Taiwan could join North Pacific Fishing Council later this year
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-01-02 04:52 PM
Taiwan could join North Pacific Fishing Council later this year

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has announced that Taiwan could become a member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council by as early as the end of this year. As such Taiwan would have the right to participate in management decisions such as setting quotas for saury catches in the North Pacific region.

Chou Tai-chu, Director of MOFA’s International Office, said Thursday that Taiwan is the world's six-largest deep-ocean fishing country, with fleets in all the major ocean fishing grounds around the globe and a total of more than 2000 ocean-going vessels. According to 2012 statistics, the value of Taiwan’s annual catch is NT$106.2 billion, of which some NT$50.1 billion comes from deep-sea fishing.

Chou said the size and strength of Taiwan's offshore fishing industry has led the international community to believe it should be incorporated into the international fisheries management system. Since 1997, Taiwan has participated in a number of regional fisheries management organizations as a "fishing entity" entitled to participate in negotiations conducted by the related organizations.

The latest development in this trend is an agreement with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council which is expected to take effect at the end of this year. Once the agreement is in place Taiwan will submit a written application and should become a full-fledged member of the council after the completion of a few internal legal procedures.

Chou notes that Taiwan is now the largest saury fishing nation in the North Pacific region, and in the future as a North Pacific Council member will be able to participate in developing catch quotas and allocations for saury in the area. This will effectively safeguard the important fishing interests of Taiwan, and will also serve to deepen international cooperation between Taiwan and other council members.

Taiwan is currently involved with a number of international fishery management organizations including the North Pacific Tuna International Scientific Committee, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna and the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization as an adjunct member.

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