September 6, 2008

South Korean Coast Guards Seize Chinese Fishing Boats Near Resort Island

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap

[Yonhap headline: "S. Korean Coast Guard Seize Chinese Fishing Boats Bear Jeju"]

JEJU, South Korea, Sept. 6 (Yonhap) - The Jeju [Cheju] Coast Guard said Saturday it has seized five Chinese fishing boats caught poaching in South Korea's exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

The Chinese vessels were caught fishing before dawn and were all inside South Korea's EEZ.

Authorities said they were seized 160 kilometres west of Chagwi Island and were found to have had forged fishing permits.

The captains of the boats are being questioned, with legal action to be taken as a result of the infraction.

Originally published by Yonhap news agency, Seoul, in English 1020 6 Sep 08.

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