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Sep 06, 2017 02:54 AM
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Taiwan Fisheries Authority Says No Local Boat Involved in Ecuador Shark Smuggling

A Chinese-flagged vessel Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999 was seized by the Ecuadorian Navy in the Galapagos Marine Reserve with more than 6,600 dead sharks and other endangered species on board. Photo: Visual China.
A Chinese-flagged vessel Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999 was seized by the Ecuadorian Navy in the Galapagos Marine Reserve with more than 6,600 dead sharks and other endangered species on board. Photo: Visual China.

Taiwan’s fisheries authority said Monday that the two vessels allegedly involved in a shark smuggling case in Ecuador have “no relation with Taiwan,” adding to confusion in the widely watched case.

The two boats, known as Hai Fang 301 and Hai Fang 302, were not licensed as fishing vessels by Taiwan authorities nor were they operated by a Taiwanese business, said Huang Hung-yan, deputy director-general of Taiwan’s Fisheries Agency. He said Taiwan boats haven’t carried out any fishing activities in the area.

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