Vietnamese border guard officers check the Chinese boat with five crew members that illegally fished near Con Co Island in Quang Tri Province on July 11, 2016. Photo: Phuoc Trung
Border guards in the central province of Quang Tri said they turned away a Chinese fishing boat that was caught in Vietnamese waters on Monday.
At 7 a.m. the local border guard agency was informed by local fishers that the Chinese boat was fishing illegally in the waters only three nautical miles from the island of Con Co, where the agency has a station.
One and a half hour later, a boat carrying a team of officers approached the Chinese boat codenamed 13177.
The officers checked the boat and informed the captain and five other crew members on the Chinese vessel that they had violated Vietnamese territorial waters. They ordered the crew to sign a report on the violation and confiscated their catch and fishing gears.
The boat was asked to leave immediately.
According to the local border guard, there has been recently an increase of Chinese boats fishing illegally in Vietnamese waters, especially around the seafood-rich Con Co Island.