Taiwanese fishermen at risk in Philippine contiguous zones

With the fishing season beginning in April, Taiwan's foreign ministry is warning fishermen about entering contiguous zones claimed by the Philippines.

Taiwan sees these zones as part of its economic waters but the Philippines maintains that the contiguous zones fall under their law enforcement jurisdiction.

Foreign ministry official Chen Wen-yi explains,Before the two sides come to a consensus on law enforcement in the Philippines' contiguous zones, there is still risk involved if our fishermen enter those areas.

The foreign ministry said that it has instructed the relevant authorities to inform fishermen of the situation. It has also asked the Coast Guard to protect fishermen and their rights.

Taiwan and the Philippines signed a fisheries agreement on November 5, 2015 and have since held three working meetings on related issues. But the two sides have not yet reached a consensus on the contiguous zone claimed by the Philippines.

Source: Radio Taiwan International