By: Kuo Chu-chen and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, May 7 (CNA) A fishing boat registered in Liouciou in the southernmost county of Pingtung has been detained by the Philippines, charged with poaching, the Liouciou Fishermen’s Association said Thursday.
The fishing boat departed Wednesday morning for Davao in the southern Philippines but was held in waters off Batanes Islands, the association’s chief executive Tsai Pao-hsing (蔡寶興) said, adding that the boat with two Taiwanese and four foreign crew members aboard was still being detained.
The fishing boat was passing through waters 6.5 nautical miles from the Philippines’ Yami island early Thursday morning when inspectors on a Philippine ship approached and boarded the fishing boat to investigate possible poaching of fish, Tsai said, citing information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). [FULL STORY]