Taiwan, Papua New Guinea crack down on illegal fishing
Taiwan and Papua New Guinea inked a memorandum of understanding on Monday in which the two countries agreed to cooperate in cracking down on illegal fishing.
Fisheries Agency DirectorGeneral Tsay Tzu-yaw signed the pact with John Edward Kasu, his counterpart from the Pacific nation, at the agency’s headquarters in Kaohsiung.
The ceremony was witnessed by the deputy chief of the Coun- cil of Agriculture James Sha.
Tsay said Papua New Guinea has been an important fishing ground for Taiwanese fishing boats for tuna and has attracted Taiwanese investment in fish processing factories.
The fishery cooperation deal, which he lauded as the first of its kind between the two countries on fishery management cooperation, is expected to expand their cooperation on efforts to stem illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities, Tsai said.