China recently announced its annual fishing ban to curb overfishing in its territories. According to reports, territories affected by the ban include the disputed Scarborough Shoal.
As a reaction to the Scarborough Shoal's inclusion in China's fishing ban, the Philippine government announced yesterday that it will not recognize the ban since it encompasses disputed waters.
Philippine president Aquino however imposed his own fishing ban in Philippine seas to replenish fish stock. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said, “In view of the accelerated depletion of our marine resources, it would be advisable for us to issue our own fishing ban for a period of time”.
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