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S. Korea to clamp down on illegal fishing abroad

All Headlines 16:57 August 30, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will take steps to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing by its fishing vessels operating abroad to prevent the import of unlawfully acquired seafood, the maritime ministry here said Thursday.

The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said it will set up plans to tackle illegal fishing by Korean vessels in line with international guidelines to improve transparency and accountability in global fishing and seafood supply chains.

South Korea has allowed only registered vessels to fish in overseas waters and has searched boats suspected of illegal fishing when they arrive at local ports.

"As fishing vessels flying the Korean flag have come under tighter control, there is a possibility of ships changing their nationality to a third country," the ministry said. "We have come up with measures to block imports of illegal seafood and prevent Korean vessels from IUU fishing operations abroad."

The ministry said it will collaborate with other countries to crack down on illegal activities by flag-carrying vessels and will require additional documents for boats suspected of exporting illegal seafood.

Fishing vessels are anchored at a port in Yeosu, 455 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on Aug. 23, 2018. (Yonhap)


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