Gyeonggi to jointly crackdown on illegal fishing along coasts and Sihwa Lake with Korea Coast Guard and city/county governments

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○ The Gyeonggi Provincial Government, in partnership with the Korea Coast Guard and city/county governments, will patrol restricted fishing areas along provincial coasts from October 19 to November 13.
– The crackdown will focus on major fishing areas, including Gukhwa and Ippa islands of Hwaseong City and Bangameori Beach of Ansan City, as well as restricted fishing areas of Sihwa Lake.

The Gyeonggi Provincial Government will jointly crackdown on illegal fishing activities along coastal areas of the cities of Hwaseong, Ansan, Siheung, and Pyeongtaek as well as in restricted fishing areas of Sihwa Lake together with the Korea Coast Guard and city/county governments. The patrols will run from October 19 to November 13.

The organizations will target any violation of fishing restrictions and fishing boat safety rules (such as failure to wear a life jacket or non-compliance with maximum passenger capacity), as well as illegal fishing activities in restricted fishing zones. The prohibited length limits for major fish species are 35 centimeters or less for halibut, 23 centimeters or less for Korean rockfish, and 30 centimeters or less for seabass.

Fishing areas that are popular during peak seasons such as Gukhwa and Ippa islands of Hwaseong City, Bangameori Beach of Ansan City, and Palmi Island of Siheung City, as well as Sihwa Lake—which is a restricted fishing zone per the Fishing Management and Promotion Act—will be subject to the crackdown.

Violators will be subject to administrative punishments and/or fines in accordance with the Fishing Management and Promotion Act and the Water-Related Leisure Activities Safety Act.

The Gyeonggi Provincial Government conducted the first round of this crackdown from June 19 to July 24 and identified a total of five violations—three violations of fishing restriction standards and two violations of fishing in restricted areas—and proceeded with necessary measures such as the levying of fines.

Kim Seong-gon, Director of the Maritime and Fisheries Division of the Gyeonggi Provincial Government, said, “With the recent increase in the fishing population and demand for outdoor activities, preventing safety accidents has become more crucial. Accordingly, we plan to execute an effective crackdown together with the city/county governments with the support of the Korea Coast Guard.”