Taiwanese fishermen urged not to enter Philippine waters

With the arrival of the bluefin tuna season, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Thursday urged local fishermen not to fish in the Philippines' territorial waters lest they be detained by Philippine authorities.

Although Taiwan and the Philippines have signed an agreement on joint law enforcement in their overlapping exclusive economic zones, several differences still remain to be solved, said Kay Lin, deputy director-general of MOFA's Department of International Cooperation and Economic Affairs.

Under these circumstances, Taiwanese fishermen should be very cautious when operating in waters 12-24 nautical miles off the Philippine coast, Lin said.

He said Taiwanese fishing boats should report their positions regularly and must not enter the 12 nautical mile zone as they would risk detention by Philippine authorities by doing so.

Source: China Post