August 11, 2010 12:16
The government plans to require trawlers fishing near North Korean waters to install global positioning devices in an effort to prevent them from being seized by North Korea if they stray across the border.
The Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced the plan Tuesday after North Korea on Sunday seized the 41-ton squid fishing boat Daeseung in the East Sea.
"Exactly where the Daeseung was seized could not be confirmed because the boat has no GPS," said Kang Jun-seok, the ministry's fisheries policy officer. "We’re going to make it mandatory for all boats fishing in seas bordering North Korean waters to install GPS."
Some 3,000 fishing boats of 10 tons or below are expected to fall under the proposed scheme, and the government plans to subsidize part of the installation cost of over W4 million (US$1=W1,167) apiece. Currently only boats of over 300 tons with a crew of 13 or more are required to install the devices.
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