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EU fishery inspection team arrives in Taiwan


A working party of European Union officials will be in Taiwan for nine days from March 13. They will be inspecting improvements in fishing activities after the country was placed on an EU watchlist in 2015.


The Fisheries Agency said Tuesday that meetings will take place on three levels. These will range from technical meetings through to meetings involving Fisheries Agency head Huang Hung-yan and deputy agriculture minister Chen Chi-chung.


The EU party will be looking to see if Taiwan’s deep-sea fishing practices have improved. This means not only in terms of new rules that have been introduced but also how these have been enforced and if new norms have been established.


The EU in October 2015 gave Taiwan a “yellow card” for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. It will be known at the end of March at the earliest if the latest visit results in the lifting of the caution.