This view is not supported under the convention. A massive number of fishing boats are likely to exhaust marine resources, and this is a violation of the international consensus on sustainable ocean governance under the convention. Taiwan’s fishing industry should therefore create a new vision for enhancing its capability, and controls must be put in place to stop fishermen from exhausting marine resources.
Hence, the most urgent task is to establish a ministry of fisheries and marine affairs under the convention framework. The ministry should be responsible for building a protected marine area for ecological and resource conservation within Taiwanese waters. It should also be responsible for technological advancement of the fishing industry, while acting as a guardian of overlapping exclusive economic zones and helping economically disadvantaged countries by jointly governing marine resources. By doing so, Taiwan’s maritime sovereignty will become self-evident.
Lee Jeng-di is an assistant professor in the Institute of Marine Affairs at National Sun Yat-sen University.
Translated by Eddy Chang