Some 90 fishing boats from Gangwon and North Gyeongsang provinces saw their catch in Russian waters depleted by marauding Chinese trawlers. Given a squid quota of 10,000 tons for this year, the South Koreans were able to catch only about half or 5,300 tons there.
In previous years they had caught 80-90 percent of their quota or nearly 10,000 tons. South Korean fishermen pay Russia W16.3 million (US$1=W1,157) per boat but the Chinese trawlers fish there illegally and pay nothing.
The Chinese fishing boats moved into Russian waters after fishing off North Korea's east coast, fishermen said.
South Korean fishermen say they are terrified of the marauding flotillas of steel-plated Chinese ships that travel in clusters for protection and attack, and have to move out of their way or face being rammed.