Taipei, The next round of an annual TaiwanJapan fishery meeting will begin in Tokyo Tuesday, during which the two sides will discuss and possibly update the fishing regulations agreed upon in a 2013 fisheries pact, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Monday.
The TaiwanJapan fishing commission meeting, the eighth of its kind, will run through Thursday, according to a MOFA press release.
Delegations from both sides are scheduled to hold the new round of negotiations to possibly update relevant rules for Taiwanese fishing vessels and their Japanese counterparts operating in designated fishing zones set forth in the agreement, it added.
The commission was established after the two countries signed a historic fisheries agreement in 2013 allowing fishermen from both sides to operate freely in the overlapping areas of their exclusive economic zones (EEZ) in the East China Sea, despite a sovereignty dispute.
Before the pact was signed, Taiwanese fishing vessels had frequently been subject to harassment from the Japanese coastguard, as Japan claims jurisdiction over the disputed waters.
The 2013 agreement covers the maritime zone south of 27 degrees north latitude and north of Japan's Yaeyama and Miyako islands, part of the overlapping EEZ area 200 nautical miles off a country's coast. The zone is claimed by both Taiwan and Japan.
Provisions set forth in the agreement, however, do not apply to waters within 12 nautical miles of the Diaoyutai islands, over which both Taiwan and Japan claim sovereignty.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel