By: Chen Cheng-wei and Lee Mei-yu
Taipei, Oct. 23 (CNA) Taiwan’s Fisheries Agency on Friday suspended the license of the fishing boat Shuen De Ching (順得慶) No. 888 for eight months after finding its crew guilty of illegal shark-finning.
Following an investigation, the Pingtung-registered vessel was fined NT$150,000 (US$4,623) and its load of shark fins was confiscated, while the captain’s fishermen’s service book — a type fishing license — was suspended for eight months, according to the bureau.
It added that the number of fish they found on board the vessel was not in line with the number that the boat operators had recorded. [FULL STORY]