China, S Korea to strengthen watch on illegal fishing in Yellow Sea

2013-07-04 06:42:11 GMT2013-07-04 14:42:11(Beijing Time)

China and South Korea have agreed to intensify crackdowns on illegal fishing in Yellow, Seoul's maritime minister said Thursday.

Yoon Jin-sook, South Korean minister of oceans and fisheries, said the two choutries reached the agreement during her recent trip to China to accompany President Park Geun-hye on her state visit.

The minister said she had stressed the fact that excessive and illegal fishing will eventually dry up marine resources in the area, leaving nothing for either side in the future.

"We noted that illegal fishing will dry up resources and destroy the ecosystem in waters that must be shared and that neither side will be able to gain any resources any more should such a condition ever occur," Yoon said.

"To this end, it can be understood the sides have agreed to intensify their joint control of the area."

Additional details will be mapped out in the near future, shortly after China's new ministry on maritime affairs, expected to be launched next month, takes over its role from the agriculture ministry, Yoon said.


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