August 14, 2022

Fishers seek out North Korean waters ahead of Chinese fishing ban

Experts worry illegal Chinese fishing harms regional fish stocks and supplies Pyongyang with illicit funds

Chinese fishing boats have pierced deep into North Korean waters in recent weeks, ship tracking data shows, as China’s coast guard appeared to turn a blind eye to the likely illegal expeditions.

According to automatic identification system (AIS) data from MarineTraffic, Chinese fishing boats entered North Korea’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) hundreds of times over the past several weeks, likely in search of high-quality seafood before China’s annual summer fishing ban goes into effect.