By: Yang Shu-min and Lilian Wu
Taipei, Oct. 10 (CNA) The European Commission is concerned about the
illegal fishing practices of a Taiwanese fishing ship, the head of the Fisheries Agency said Saturday.
Tsay Tzu-yaw (蔡日耀), director-general of the agency, said the EU issued a yellow card to Taiwan on Oct. 1, warning it risked being identified as an uncooperative country in the fight against “illegal, unreported and unregulated” (IUU) fishing.
He said the EU wanted to learn about the measures the agency will take to discipline the ship involved in the illegal practices.
At issue was a Pingtung-registered vessel, the Shuen De Ching No. 888, which Greenpeace reported as having illegally harvested shark fins and thrown the bodies of the sharks into the sea near Papua New Guinea in early September. [FULL STORY]