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Ship back after patrol in Pacific

POLICING THE SEA Coast Guard vessel Hsunhu No. 2 returned to Kaohsiung after a three-month patrol as part of a crackdown drove against poaching

CNA , KAOHSIUNG

The Coast Guard Administration patrol ship Hsunhu No. 2 returned to Kaohsiung yesterday after completing a three-month patrol mission in the Pacific Ocean, coast guard officials reported.

Although encountering several typhoons in the Pacific during the three-month mission, the Hsunhu No. 2 safely and successfully achieved its mission, which brought the ship to Fiji, whose waters are the southernmost and largest fishing grounds for the nation's fishing industry, the officials said.

THREE-MONTH VOYAGE

The Hsunhu No. 2, with 20-odd crew members aboard, embarked from Kaohsiung Harbor on April 7 to police the Pacific area with the onset of the fishing season there between April and last month.

The ship sailed more than 10,000 km over the three-month patrol in line with maritime resources and ecology protection policies adopted by major world fishery organizations, the officials said.

In cooperation with the Council of Agriculture, the patrol mission was part of the efforts to crack down on poaching in major overseas fishing grounds in recent years, the officials said.

Besides preventing poaching, the officials said, the patrol boat also offered emergency relief and assistance to Taiwan's deep-sea fishing boats.

TRADITIONAL FISHING

The Hsunhu No. 2 and the Hsunhu No. 1 were first jointly launched by the coast guard and council in July last year under efforts to protect the nation's fishing vessels operating in the Pacific Ocean, particularly during the busy fishing season between April and June.

The two patrol ships have also patrolled the northern Pacific, where the traditional fishing grounds of Taiwan's fishing industry are located, and the central and western Pacific, where relatively new fishing grounds for Taiwanese fishing vessels are located.

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