The Philippines' Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources claimed Thursday that a number of Taiwanese fishing boats and rafts were illegally operating in the country's waters Tuesday when one of them was caught.
It made the statement after a Taiwanese fisherman was detained by Philippine authorities aboard his raft Tuesday in waters allegedly inside the Philippines Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
The bureau said in a report that Tsai Po was poaching in waters north of Ditarem, an islet in the Philippines' Batan island group some 176 km south of Taiwan's southernmost tip when he was arrested by three Filipino police officers.
The report claimed that Tsai was preparing to transport his catch back to a mother vessel waiting in nearby waters when he was intercepted by a Filipino voluntary citizen patrol and law enforcement personnel.
Several other suspected Taiwanese vessels immediately fled upon seeing the Philippine patrol vessel, the report said.
Filipino law enforcement officers discovered fish bait, fishing equipment, satellite navigation system and 36 kilograms of fish, including live lobsters and various kinds of fish, aboard Tsai's raft, according to the report. More....