- Apr 17, 2009
It appears that China feels all the seas in the world is that of China.Mackerel war between China and South Korea sees fisherman shot dead
South Korean coastguard shoots Chinese fishing captain dead after clash in the Yellow Sea
An annual sea battle between South Korea and China for falling fish stocks in the waters between them saw a Chinese fishing captain shot dead on Friday.
Captain Song Houmo, 45, was shot in the stomach by a South Korean coastguard officer after "violently resisting" an inspection by the coastguard boat in waters off South Korea's west coast.
Both Chinese and South Korean fishermen trawl the Yellow Sea between the two countries for increasingly smaller stocks of pacific mackerel and yellow croaker.
Since 2001, the sea has been divided into three zones, with the middle area jointly administered by the two countries.
Chinese fishermen, pushed ever further into the Yellow Sea because of the pollution flowing into the waters around China, have increasingly clashed with South Korean coastguards who accuse them of poaching in their waters.
"Fishermen from China and South Korea can both fish in the middle zone, which is managed by both sides, but if Chinese fishermen want to fish in the South Korean side and vice versa they need to get a license from the other government," said Wang Jun, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Fishery Science.
Violence has become common, with many Chinese crewmen now reportedly wielding weapons to try to escape arrest and fines. In 2011, after a Chinese fisherman stabbed a South Korean coastguard to death, the South Korean government released pictures of a Chinese fishing boat armed with steel fences and spears.
The latest episode came 90 miles off Jeolla island, close to the boundary between the middle zone and the zone administered by South Korea.
The 45-year-old Chinese captain was airlifted to the Mokpo Hankook hospital but pronounced dead about 30 minutes later.
A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign ministry said China was "extremely shocked by this violent act of law enforcement" and called for an "immediate and thorough" investigation.
A Chinese fisherman was also shot by South Korean coastguards in 2012.
Mackerel war between China and South Korea sees fisherman shot dead - Telegraph
Even though the fishing grounds have been amicably divided and controlled by both China and South Korea, the Chinese dirty and pollute their side and then want to take over the South Korean side of the fishing grounds!
That is real selfish and preposterous.
China really cannot live in peace or honour their commitments.