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South Korean TV program issues tilapia correction

Staff writer, with CNA, Seoul

South Korean TV station Channel A on Friday published a statement clarifying an earlier report it made, which painted a negative picture of Taiwan’s tilapia industry.

On the Web site of the weekly program about food, the station clarified that the ponds shown in the broadcast on Oct. 25 in Taiwan that were covered in algae were not tilapia farms, as described in the report, but were in fact deserted.

The statement also said that the water quality of Taiwanese tilapia farms met international standards.

The clarification came after Taiwan’s representative office in South Korea filed a complaint about the report, which alleged that the farms were unsanitary and that there was an overuse of anesthetics in raising the fish.

The report angered Taiwan’s tilapia farmers, who feared it would hurt their business.

Tilapia is an important industry for Taiwan. Seventy thousand tonnes of the freshwater fish are produced, with 60 percent exported to the US, Canada, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.

Taiwanese officials and Channel A reached an initial agreement on the statement on Nov. 8, but did not agree on the exact wording before the broadcast of the program that day.

To correct the Channel A report, Taiwanese officials and the Taiwan Tilapia Alliance are to hold a press conference in Seoul on Nov. 20, according to Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture. The group is also scheduled to attend South Korea’s Busan International Seafood and Fisheries Expo on Nov. 21 and 22.

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