New registration system to fight ghost fishing gear
The Fisheries Agency has issued a new draft regulation for a system to better manage derelict fishing gear that causes marine pollution.
The new measure is set to take effect in July 2021, and is aimed at encouraging fishing crews to efficiently manage their gear and equipment.
Fishing crews will be required to mark their ship identification number in their drift gill nets and other fishing gear and report any fishing gear lost when working at sea to government authorities.
Violators could be subject to fines ranging from NT$30,000 to NT$150,000.
Taiwanese fishing boats generated about 60 metric tonnes of lost or abandoned fishing gear in 2019, accounting for the majority of Taiwan's marine litter.