Mainland touts beefed-up S. China Sea fishery patrols
CNATAIPEI--No Chinese fishing boats operating legally in the South China Sea were detained by foreign powers in 2012, thanks to the increasing presence of China's fishery patrol boats there, the China News Service reported Thursday, citing a fishery official in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.
February 8, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Wu Zhuang, China's fishery chief for the South China Sea, said in the report that in 2012, each of his department's ships was on patrol 183 days on average and each of their crew members spent an average 150 days at sea. Some crew members did up to 250 days on duty, he said, adding that all of the numbers were record highs.
“The past year saw the most challenges and the most powerful presence of China's fishery boats in the South China Sea,” Wu said. “It awaked public awareness of the importance of the sea to the country.”
China will continue to strengthen its law enforcement in the South China Sea this year, and will carry out regular fishery patrols there beginning 2014, Wu said.