Fishing Ban on Scarborough Shoal and Other Parts of South China Sea

Chinese government declared a fishing ban in large swaths of the South China Sea, which PH calls West Philippine Sea, starting May 16 to August 1 this year.

At a press conference, President Benigno Aquino III was grateful for the Chinese ban and said:

“Thank you kung i-impose nila ang ban na ‘yan kasi konti lang ang mga mangingisda natin na pumupunta d’yan (Thank you if they impose that ban since very few of our fishermen go to Scarborough)”

However, Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs stressed that Philippines does not recognize China’s fishing ban. DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez said in a statement:

“Our position is we do not recognize China’s fishing ban in as much as portions of the ban encompass our Exclusive Economic Zone”

As DFA added:

“However, the President has decided that, in view of the accelerated depletion of our marine resources, it would be advisable for us to issue our own fishing ban for a period of time to replenish our fish stock.”

Because of Philippines standoff in Scarborough Shoal, fishermen fear to go near the vicinity of the sea because of China and Philippines’ dispute of claiming Scarborough Shoal.


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