Want China Times
Taiwan’s coast guard chased off about 100 Chinese fishing boats that were attempting to
poach in Taiwan’s territorial waters near Kinmen, in the early hours of Monday.
Acting on radar information, the Kinmen branch of the Coast Guard Administration said, it dispatched three patrol vessels to the area, where a fleet of about 100 Chinese fishing boats had converged, apparently to catch yellow croaker, a small schooling fish that usually fetches a high price at this time of year.
It is common practice for Chinese fishing boats to trespass in Taiwan’s territorial waters near Kinmen around the time of the Mid-Autumn Festival to illegally fish for yellow croaker, according to Kinmen’s coastal patrol officers.
This year, the fishing boats tried to take advantage of the fact that land and sea warnings had been issued for Typhoon Dujuan on Sunday, the day of the Mid-Autumn Festival, the patrol officers said. [FULL STORY]