Chinese will be fined for fishing in Taiwan waters

The Taiwan Coast Guard Administration was not entitled to impose administrative penalties and could only seize fishing equipment, detain crewmembers or ask fishing boats to leave Taiwanese waters under the previous law.

The increasing number of Chinese boats that are trespassing into Taiwan’s waters has caused a lot of trouble and threatens the country’s national security and resource allocation, ruling Kuomintang Legislator Chang Ching-chung said, adding that he hopes the amendment can stop illegal fishing by foreign vessels.

In addition, the amendment stated that owners, operators and skippers of other Chinese vessels, such as sand dredgers, that enter Taiwan’s waters without permission will face fines between NT$1 million and NT$10 million, as such vessels generally have a higher commercial value than fishing boats.

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