Na­tion of­fi­cially joins int’l fish­ery com­mis­sion

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

The Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs (MOFA) yesterday said Tai­wan has of­fi­cially be­come a mem­ber of the North Pa­cific Fish­eries Com­mis­sion (NPFC), a re­gional or­ga­ni­za­tion that reg­u­lates all deep-sea fish­ing ac­tiv­ity in the north­ern Pa­cific Ocean.

Join­ing the NPFC un­der the name “Chi­nese Taipei” as a “fish­ing en­tity,” MOFA said in a re­leased state­ment that the in­clu­sion is ex­pected to bet­ter pro­tect the na­tion’s fish­ing rights in the North Pa­cific re­gion and its in­ter­ests in the re­gion’s off­shore fish­ing in­dus­try.

The NPFC is an in­ter-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion es­tab­lished by the Con­ven­tion on the Con­ser­va­tion and Man­age­ment of High Seas Fish­eries Re­sources in the North Pa­cific Ocean, ac­cord­ing to the NPFC web­site.

The ob­jec­tive of the con­ven­tion is to en­sure the long- term con­ser­va­tion and sus­tain­able use of the fish­eries re­sources in the Con­ven­tion Area while pro­tect­ing the marine ecosys­tems of the North Pa­cific Ocean in which these re­sources oc­cur. The con­ven­tion en­ters into force on July 19.

With its head­quar­ters based in Tokyo, the NPFC cur­rently has six mem­bers, in­clud­ing Canada, main­land China, Ja­pan, the Re­pub­lic of Korea, the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion, the United States of Amer­ica and Tai­wan.

As one of the world’s big­gest deep-sea fish­ing na­tions, Tai­wan has al­ready joined five other sim­i­lar re­gional fish­ery or­ga­ni­za­tions un­der the name Chi­nese Taipei.

The five or­ga­ni­za­tions are: the Western and Cen­tral Pa­cific Fish­eries Com­mis­sion, the In­terAmer­i­can Trop­i­cal Tuna Com­mis­sion, the Com­mis­sion for the Con­ser­va­tion of South­ern Bluefin Tuna, the In­ter­na­tional Sci­en­tific Com­mit­tee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pa­cific Ocean, and the South Pa­cific Re­gional Fish­eries Man­age­ment Or­ga­ni­za­tion, ac­cord­ing to MOFA.

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