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S. Korea named illegal fishing country by U.S. September 20,2019   |  Source: Yonhap

The United States made a preliminary decision on Thursday (local time) to designate South Korea as a country that engages in illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, calling on Asia's fourth-largest economy to adopt tougher regulations.

The move came after two South Korean fishing boats failed to comply with regulations of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) while operating near Antarctica in 2017, according to Seoul's oceans ministry.

It marks the second time for South Korea to be designated as a preliminary IUU fishing country after the European Union made a similar decision in 2013, which was lifted in 2015.

South Korea has been applying tougher regulations on overseas fishing after being designated as an IUU country in 2013, fining violators 1 billion won (US$823,000).

 

© Yonhap News Agency

Theme(s): Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods.

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