Gov’t raises fines for il­le­gal fish­ing by main­land boats

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan’s Leg­is­la­ture on Tues­day passed an amend­ment bill that al­lows for big­ger fines against main­land boats caught il­le­gally fish­ing in its wa­ters.

The amend­ment to the Act Gov­ern­ing Re­la­tions be­tween the Peo­ple of the Tai­wan Area and the Main­land Area is aimed mainly at stem­ming il­le­gal fish­ing and pro­tect­ing the rights and liveli­hood of Tai- wan’s fish­er­men, au­thor­i­ties said.

Any main­land Chi­nese ves­sel en­ter­ing Tai­wan’s wa­ters il­le­gally for fish­ing or other pur­poses will be sub­ject to a fine of NT$300,000-10 mil­lion (US$9,642-321,419), ac­cord­ing to the new amend­ment.

It changes the reg­u­la­tions that al­lowed fines of be­tween NT$ 50,000 and NT$ 500,000 for il­le­gal fish­ing in Tai­wan’s wa­ters by main­land boats.

Un­der the pre­vi­ous reg­u­la­tions, any ves­sels en­ter­ing re­stricted or pro­hib­ited marine ar­eas of Tai­wan with­out per­mis­sion would be seized or chased away and, if deemed nec­es­sary, the crew would be de­tained and the cargo seized.

In the cases where a non­fish­ing ves­sel was seized, its owner, op­er­a­tor or cap­tain was sub­ject to a fine of be­tween NT$1 mil­lion and NT$10 mil­lion.

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