Tougher laws for ‘il­le­gal’ fishing in dis­puted wa­ters

The Myanmar Times - - World -

CHINA yes­ter­day an­nounced penal­ties for “il­le­gal” fishing in its wa­ters, in­clud­ing those it claims in the South China Sea, weeks after an in­ter­na­tional tri­bunal ruled that those claims have no legal ba­sis.

The Supreme Court de­fined penal­ties for boats op­er­at­ing in ar­eas, in­clud­ing the dis­puted re­gion and its con­tigu­ous eco­nomic zones, in a move that could raise al­ready high re­gional ten­sions.

The ques­tion of who has the rights to fish in the dis­puted South China Sea has been a ma­jor point of con­tention be­tween Bei­jing and Manila, which brought the case to the Per­ma­nent Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion.

The de­ci­sion ap­pears to be an at­tempt to strengthen Chi­nese rules gov­ern­ing the wa­ters, with a fo­cus on sanc­tions for il­le­gal fishing.

The new reg­u­la­tions out­line penal­ties for both Chi­nese and “for­eign” fish­er­men op­er­at­ing “il­le­gally” in Chi­nese wa­ters, in­clud­ing the coun­try’s “ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zone” (EEZ), a 200-nau­ti­cal-mile re­gion sur­round­ing a coun­try’s ter­ri­tory.

Those that “il­le­gally en­ter” Chi­nese wa­ters more than once in a year or refuse to leave the wa­ters will be sub­ject to fines and up to a year in jail. There are also penal­ties for har­vest­ing coral and gi­ant clams, as well as other en­dan­gered species. –

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Myanmar

© PressReader. All rights reserved.