TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The eastern branch of the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said on Saturday (July 31) that it had chased two Chinese fishing boats near Taiwan’s Orchid Island.
At 6 a.m. on Saturday, CGA East spotted two large Chinese fishing boats anchored 10 nautical miles (18.52 km) from Orchid Island, the Liberty Times reported. A vessel from the 15th CGA Offshore Flotilla was immediately dispatched to drive out the Chinese ships. The CGA vessel broadcast messages ordering fishermen to leave the area and accompanied the boats out of Taiwanese waters.
Chinese fishing boats rarely appear in eastern Taiwanese waters at this time of year due to frequent missile tests carried out in the region by the Chung Shan National Institute of Science and Technology from late July to mid-August. , wrote the Liberty Times.
Most illegal fishing incidents occur near islands off western Taiwan.
On June 28, a CGA patrol boat seized a Chinese fishing boat after it did not stop for inspection. The Chinese crew attempted a quick escape and threatened the coastguard officers by brandishing knives and iron bars, but the officers eventually boarded the ship after taking out their shotguns.
They found 760 kilograms of fish on board, which they dumped into the ocean.