Fishing-Related and Law-Enforcement Activities

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Fishing, Not Oil, Is at The Heart of The South China Sea Dispute

Authors: Clive Schofield, Rashid Sumaila, William Cheung The Conversation, 16 August 2016 — Abstract: Contrary to the view that the South China Sea disputes are driven by a regional hunger for seabed energy resources, the real and immediate prizes at stake are the region’s fisheries and marine environments that support them. It is also through the fisheries dimensions … Continue reading

Latest Satellite Imagery Suggests Philippine Fishermen Still Not Entering Scarborough Shoal

Author: AMTI 29 October 2016 Despite earlier reports, it appears that Filipino fishermen are still not fishing inside Scarborough Shoal. New imagery from October 29 showed a China Coast Guard (CCG) vessel anchored just inside the mouth of the lagoon, where it has been for most of the period since China seized the shoal in … Continue reading

South China Sea: What Exactly Has Changed At Scarborough Shoal?

Author: Ankit Panda The Diplomat, 1st November 2016 Scarborough Shoal remains under the watch of the China Coast Guard, but Philippine fishermen have access once again. Last week, following accounts by fishermen, the Philippines’ defense secretary, Delfin Lorenzana, confirmed that Filipino fisherman had access to Scarborough Shoal. “Since three days ago there are no longer Chinese ships, … Continue reading

China Tightens Grip on Scarborough Shoal Post-Ruling

By AMTI 27 October 2016 Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s recent trip to Beijing yielded a number of agreements, including a vaguely-worded commitment to peacefully resolve the South China Sea disputes. But there was no public breakthrough on one closely-watched topic: the ability of Filipino fishermen to return to Scarborough Shoal. An international tribunal ruled on … Continue reading

The Crucial South China Sea Ruling No One Is Talking About

Author: Lyle J. Morris The Diplomat/The RAND Blog Amid the significant media buzz and scrutiny over the arbitral tribunal’s July ruling (PDF) before the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) regarding disputed maritime rights in the South China Sea, which sided with the Philippines on most counts and resulted in a major legal and diplomatic defeat for … Continue reading

Philippines Warns Fishermen to Steer Clear of Disputed South China Sea

Agence France-Presse, 4 August 2016 The question of who has the right to fish in the disputed South China Sea has been a major bone of contention between Beijing and Manila, which brought the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. The Philippines told its fishermen on Wednesday to steer clear of … Continue reading

Two days after Tribunal’s Ruling, Filipino Fishermen still Get Driven Away from Scarborough Shoal

By ABS-CBN News 14 July 2016 Filipino fishermen are still not allowed to fish in the waters of Scarborough Shoal, even after an international court backed the maritime case filed by the Philippines against China. An ABS-CBN News team joined Filipino fishermen in their attempt to enter the area. “Nakisabay kami dito sa isang grupo … Continue reading

Calm Before the Storm over the Spratlys

On-the-ground report by Mai Thanh Hai Thanh Nien, 12 June 2016  Translated by David Ha and Trinh-Don Nguyen At the end of May and early June, the Chinese has not only accelerated the land reclamation and construction on the reefs forcefully seized from Vietnam since 1988, conducted surveillance activities around uninhabited reefs, but also stepped … Continue reading

Update 2: Indonesia Detains Chinese Fishing Trawler in Natuna

By Channel News Asia, The Straits Times, The Sydney Morning Herald 30 May 2016 Indonesian Armed Forces on Sunday (May 29) stated in a press release that the Indonesian frigate Oswald Siahaan 354 detected and intercepted the Chinese vessel Gui Bei Yu while it was patrolling the waters. The Chinese trawler was fishing illegally in … Continue reading

[2014] Hainan Revises Fishing Regulations in South China Sea: New Language, Old Ambiguities

By Isaac Kardon China Brief Volume: 14 Issue: 2, January 17, 2014 The Jamestown Foundation   On November 29 of last year, Hainan’s legislature approved revised measures (banfa) for implementing the PRC Fisheries Law. Unlike earlier provincial fisheries regulations, the new measures single out “foreigners and foreign fishing vessels” as requiring special permission to operate within … Continue reading

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