Ma wants fishery conservation talks with China


TAIPEI–President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that there is now a chance to discuss fishery resource conservation with China.

The president said he has asked the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), the nation’s charter of China policy, to engage in talks with China on building up the concept of conserving fish stocks.

Ma noted that Chinese poachers use electricity, poison and explosives to catch fish as opposed to conventional fishing methods.

He said that when he served as Minister of Justice between 1993 and 1996, prosecutors on the outlying island of Matsu told him that their main task was seizing such poachers.

“We couldn’t talk to mainland China then, but now we have the chance to embark on such talks,” Ma said, referring to the eased relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait since his 2008 inauguration.

The president made the remarks while receiving fishery officials from the Taiwan Provincial Fishermen’s Association and other local fishermen’s associations.