Nation officially joins int’l fishery commission
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.