Taiwan moves to shake off EU yellow card, fines poaching vessel

Focus Taiwan
Date: 17/03/24
By: Yang Shu-min and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, March 24 (CNA) The Council of Agriculture (COA) slapped a fine of NT$1.2 million (US$39,000) Friday on a fishing boat registered in Donggang, Pingtung County in southeastern Taiwan, for illegally operating in the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines.

The move was taken as the Cabinet-level council introduced to the press its newly established fishing activity monitoring center, demonstrating its efforts to shake off a “yellow card” given to Taiwan by the European Union in 2015 for not taking sufficient measures to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

The 24-hour-operating center, which opened in February, is equipped to record the sailing routes of Taiwanese fishing boats operating on the high seas.  [FULL  STORY]

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