04 Dec '11, 7am

Philippines holds six Chinese for 'illegal fishing'

Philippines holds six Chinese for 'illegal fishing'

MANILA: Philippine naval authorities have detained six Chinese fishermen for alleged poaching in the country's territorial waters, police said Sunday. The fishermen's vessel was intercepted Thursday off the coastal town of Balabac in Palawan, a western island facing the South China Sea where both countries have overlapping territorial claims. "Recovered from their possession and control were eleven sea turtles, fish nets and other paraphernalia," national police spokesman Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz said. He said the six have been detained and their boat confiscated while charges were being prepared against them. It was not clear whether the Chinese Embassy in Manila had been informed of the incident, and no one from the embassy was immediately available to comment. Hundreds of Chinese fishermen have been caught allegedly poaching in waters off Palawan over the past...

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