19 Jan 2004

New Caledonia seizes Taiwanese vessel for illegal fishing

8:04 am on 19 January 2004

A Taiwanese fishing boat has been intercepted south of New Caledonia for fishing illegally.

The French high commission in Noumea says the ship had been spotted by a French surveillance aircraft and an inspection showed it carried dozens of tons of fresh and frozen fish.

The interception comes just days after the captain of another Taiwanese fishing boat was jailed for six months and fined almost 200-thousand US dollars for fishinh illegally.