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Chinese boat seized for alleged illegal fishing

All News 13:40 January 04, 2020

SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korea seized a Chinese fishing boat on charges of illegal fishing in its waters in the Yellow Sea, the Korea Coast Guard said Saturday.

The 15-ton fishing boat invaded the Northern Limit Line (NLL) by 4 kilometers near the South Korean border island of Yeonpyeong.

The Coast Guard said it will carry out further investigations on seven Chinese fishermen on board.

Another 22 Chinese fishing boats were also evicted from the area.

Chinese fishing boats are often caught poaching in South Korean waters, and Chinese fishermen have used violence during raids by the South Korean Coast Guard. In 2011, a South Korean Coast Guard officer was killed by a Chinese skipper during a raid.

The South Korean Coast Guard investigates a Chinese fishing boat that violated South Korean waters in the Yellow Sea on Jan. 4, 2020, in this photo released by the Korea Coast Guard. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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