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Manila tells fishermen to ignore Beijing’s ban amid incursions | Al Jazeera

Manila tells fishermen to ignore Beijing’s ban amid incursions

The Philippines has rejected an annual summer fishing ban imposed by China in the disputed South China Sea and encouraged its boats to keep fishing in the country’s territorial waters, as Manila reported on Wednesday the latest incursions of Chinese vessels on its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The fishing moratorium imposed by China since 1999 runs from May 1 to August 16 and covers areas of the South China Sea as well as other waters off China.

“This fishing ban does not apply to our fishermen,” the Philippines’ South China Sea task force said in a statement late on Tuesday.

The task force opposed China’s imposition of the ban over the areas within the territory and jurisdiction of the Philippines, adding “our fisherfolk are encouraged to go out and fish in our waters in the WPS (West Philippine Sea).”

The Chinese embassy in Manila did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

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