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Chinese fishing boat seized near Pengjia Islet

ROC Central News Agency

2017/03/29 20:43:26

Taipei, March 29 (CNA) A Chinese fishing boat and its crew were seized and detained after they were caught fishing near Taiwan's Pengjia Islet (彭佳嶼), the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said Wednesday.

The eight crew members, along with the captain, were taken to the authorities in Keelung for alleged violations of Article 32 and Article 80 of the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, the CGA said in a statement.

The captain, surnamed Guo (郭), admitted to fishing in Taiwan waters near 20 nautical miles off the northeastern coast of Pengjia Islet, saying that he had just cast his net when the coast guard arrived.

According to the authorities, the vessel, named the Zhe-Ling Yu 69173, was carrying about 1,200 kilograms of live fish when it was seized on Wednesday.

The owner of the fishing boat is expected to be fined between NT$1.2 million (US$39,670) and NT$2.4 million.

In addition to the fine, the intruders' fishing gear, including two trawl nets, were confiscated.

The latest seizure marks the fourth Chinese vessel to be caught poaching in Taiwanese waters this year, the CGA said.

The area around Pengjia Islet, which lies just over 30 nautical miles north of Keelung, is known to be rich in marine resources.

(By Wang Chao-yu and Ko Lin)

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