Taiwan to increase patrols during tuna fishing season
Central News Agency
2014-03-05 11:30 PM
Taipei, March 5 (CNA) With the approach of bluefin tuna fishing season, the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said Wednesday it will increase patrol missions in the waters where Taiwanese fishing boats will operate, particularly in the area close to the Philippines. In a public notification, the CGA warned fishermen not to enter the Philippines' territorial waters or its exclusive economic zone outside the overlapping area with Taiwan's. The bluefin tuna fishing season begins in April and ends in July. During the fishing season, the CGA noted, the Philippines "will dispatch seven more patrol vessels than normal to their territorial waters to boost law enforcement." The CGA stressed that as long as it's legal fishing, it will do its utmost to protect Taiwanese fishing boats. Therefore, it will sent one to three more large patrol vessels than usual to the sea close to the Philippines. In May last year, Philippine coast guards sprayed bullets on a Taiwanese tuna fishing boat operating in waters where Taiwan's exclusive economic zone and that of the Philippines overlap, killing one fisherman on board. The incident sparked a diplomatic row between Taiwan and the Philippines. (By Liu Chien-pang and Elizabeth Hsu)
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