Kinmen to step up patrols against intrusions by Chinese boats
ROC Central News Agency
By Chen Shou-gow and Scully Hsiao
Taipei, Feb. 15 (CNA) Coast patrol authorities in Kinmen, one of Taiwan's outlying islands, said Wednesday they plan to strengthen their patrol of the island's coastline to prevent the intrusion of Chinese fishing ships.
The Kinmen division of the Coast Guard Administration will intensify its patrol of the fishing grounds near the island that team with various fish species in the January-March period, said Liu Kuo-lieh, a division official.
Chinese boats were recently found fishing in the waters off the island, which is located about two kilometers off the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian, Liu said.
Such activities can adversely affect the livelihood of Kinmen's fishermen, he added.
Liu said the Chinese fishing boats often lower their nets late at night and pull in their catch early in the morning.
He urged the public to report any intrusions of Chinese fishing boats into Kinmen waters, adding that patrol vessels will be sent immediately to chase away the intruders.
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