Taiwanese fisherman at risk in Philippine contiguous zones

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-04-03

With the fishing season beginning in April, Taiwan’s foreign ministry is warning fishermen about entering contiguous zones claimed by the Philippines.

Taiwan sees these zones as part of its economic waters but the Philippines maintains that the contiguous zones fall under their law enforcement jurisdiction.

Foreign ministry official Chen Wen-yi explains,“Before the two sides come to a consensus on law enforcement in the Philippines’ contiguous zones, there is still risk involved if our fishermen enter those areas.”

The foreign ministry said that it has instructed the relevant authorities to inform fishermen of the situation. It has also asked the Coast Guard to protect fishermen and their rights.    [FULL  STORY]

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