By: Yang Shu-min and Elaine Hou
Taipei, March 16 (CNA) A public hearing will be held in Taiwan within the
next few weeks to hear the views of fishermen and international organizations on a proposal to increase the penalties on long-distance fleets that engage in illegal fishing, a lawmaker said Wednesday.
Lin Tai-hua (林岱樺) of the Democratic Progressive Party said the Legislature’s Economics Committee, which she heads, will hold the public hearing in late March or early April before it starts reviewing a bill drafted by the Fisheries Agency.
The draft bill, which requires Cabinet approval before it is sent to the Legislature, is seeking to impose stiffer penalties for illegal fishing by long distance fleets, with the aim of preventing possible trade sanctions by the European Union and bringing domestic laws in line with international rules.
Under the draft bill, violators would be subject to a maximum fine of NT$30 million (US$ 914,176). [FULL STORY]