The Philippines accuses Chinese and Vietnamese fishermen of destroying marine resources

Pak Wan
Published Feb 19, 2024

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The Philippine Bureau of Fish and Aquatic Resources has accused Chinese and Vietnamese fishermen of using cyanide, an illegal practice, to fish in Scarborough Shoal, causing significant damage to coral and marine resources. The damage is yet to be assessed but is estimated to be over 1 billion pesos (approximately S$24 million). Additionally, the Philippine Coast Guard has accused Chinese ships of taking 'dangerous' actions to prevent Philippine ships from delivering supplies to Filipino fishermen and repositioning floating barriers in the disputed waters.
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(Manila General News) The Philippine Bureau of Fish and Aquatic Resources accused Chinese and Vietnamese fishermen of using cyanide to fish, destroying coral and marine resources in Scarborough Shoal (called Scarborough Shoal in China). Philippine Fisheries Authority spokesman Nazario Briguera pointed out at a press conference on Saturday (February 17) that Philippine fishermen have witnessed fishermen from other countries using cyanide to fish in disputed waters, and said this was done deliberately. "Aimed to destroy Scarborough Shoal and prevent or prevent Philippine fishing boats from accessing the rich marine resources there." He emphasized that the consequences of such inappropriate behavior are very serious and will damage marine resources and affect the marine ecosystem. "When you use poison, it is not just the target fish that is killed, the fry and corals will also die. This not only damages the Philippine ocean resources and also harm other countries’ waters because our ...
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