US to work with Taiwan, Vietnam against illegal fishing


WASHINGTON (AFP): The United States said Monday (June 27) it would step up cooperation with Vietnam and Taiwan among others to combat illegal fishing, a problem that environmentalists and Western nations increasingly attribute to China.

As a major UN conference opened in Portugal on restoring the planet's ailing oceans, US President Joe Biden signed a memorandum that aimed to step up coordination and enforcement within the US government against illegal fishing and the use of forced labour.

The White House said the United States also plans new engagement with Ecuador, Panama, Senegal, Taiwan and Vietnam on fighting illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, dubbed "IUU" in environmental jargon.

An administration official said, without further detail, that the cooperation would include "capacity building" as part of a strategic plan.

The United States identified the five "not because they are the primary offenders of IUU fishing but because they have expressed a willingness to work with the United States to combat IUU fishing in their countries," she told reporters on customary condition of anonymity.

US officials generally avoid describing Taiwan as a country as the United States only recognizes Beijing, which considers the pro-Western self-governing democracy to be part of its territory.

Vietnam also has intense maritime disputes with Beijing, which claims large stretches of the South China Sea and has sought to enforce its own fishing rules.

Another official said that, while the new US effort does not target any country, China "is a leading contributor to IUU fishing worldwide and has impeded progress on the development of measures to combat IUU fishing and overfishing in international organizations."

A recent report by the Environmental Justice Foundation said that China by far has the world's largest fleet capable of fishing in distant waters and that there have been frequent complaints of abuse.

The British advocacy group said that crew members from Indonesia and Ghana in interviews recounted Chinese captains imposing excessive hours without pay, meting out threats or actual violence and providing low-quality food that led to diarrhea and other maladies.

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Vietnam , Taiwan , US , fishing , illegal

   

Next In Aseanplus News

Asean News Headlines as at 10pm on Friday (Aug 12)
Domestic turmoil could derail Apec summit in Bangkok: Don
'No basis for immunity': Judge explains why he did not acquit man accused of killing Felicia Teo
Woman survives fall from 19th floor in Penang
Vietnam and �Poland to expand trade, investment ties
Thailand becomes world’s top rubber exporter, China biggest buyer
Transport Ministry waiting for proof-of-concept report on Kuching's autonomous rapid transit
Annuar: Ministry to take immediate action over iPay88 issue
Tenaga plans US$1bil IPO for power business, sources say
Indonesia, US troops hold live-fire drill as China tensions mount

Others Also Read