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Taiwan joins Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement by Elaine Hou, Yang Shu-min and Ko Lin July 09,2019   |  Source: Focus Taiwan

Taiwan joined the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA) July 4, when it attended a meeting of the agreement's members as a "participating fishing entity" for the first time, the Fisheries Agency said Tuesday.

The country joined under the name "Chinese Taipei" with the aim of consolidating its fishing rights and interests in the Indian Ocean, as well as to assist in the development of Taiwan's offshore fishery industry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a statement.

The Sixth Meeting of the Parties (MoP6) was held at Flic-en-Flac, a seaside village on the west coast of Mauritius, from July 1-5.

SIOFA is an international agreement between several nations that came into force on June 21, 2012. The purpose of the agreement is to promote the long-term conservation and sustainable use of fishery resources in the area through cooperation among member states.

The Secretariat is based in Reunion, an overseas department and region of France, and members include Taiwan, Australia, the Cook Islands, the European Union, France (for its Indian Ocean territories), Japan, South Korea, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Thailand.

Taiwan's membership is important because it is a major player in the Indian Ocean, MOFA said, noting that Taiwanese fishing boats

Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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