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ROK maritime police order Japanese boat to stop fishing in Japan’s EEZ

  • November 22, 2018
  • , Sankei , p. 27
  • JMH Translation

It was learned on Nov. 21 that a patrol boat of the ROK National Maritime Police Agency had ordered a Japanese fishing boat to stop its operations and moved close to this boat in an area in the Sea of Japan within Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) where Japanese fishing boats are authorized to operate under the Japan-ROK fisheries agreement. The Japanese government lodged a protest to the ROK via diplomatic channels.


According to the Japan Coast Guard (JCG), at around 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 20, the No. 85 Wakashio Maru (184 tons) of the Nemuro Fishermen’s Cooperative, which was fishing in the Yamato Bank area in Japan’s EEZ, was ordered by the ROK ship by radio to move away from this area.


A JCG patrol boat which was informed of the ROK ship’s order contacted the ship, telling it that the demand was “unacceptable” since this had no legal basis. The ROK ship moved to within 700 meters of the Japanese fishing boat but left the site after the JCG patrol boat took a position between the two ships to protect the Japanese fishing boat.


According to the Foreign Ministry, fishing boats of both countries are allowed to operate in this area under the bilateral fisheries agreement, and law enforcement is only allowed for ships of the respective countries.


The Foreign Ministry protested the ROK’s action on Nov. 20, stating that this “violated the bilateral fisheries agreement and was unacceptable.” The JCG said that it will “continue to ensure the safety of Japanese fishing boats operating in this area.” The ROK side might have misread the delineation of the sea area, so the government is verifying the details of this case.

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