South Korea's 'Razor Reef' Deters Illegal Fishing

Aug 22, 2016 | 09:15 GMT
South Korea's 'Razor Reef' Deters Illegal Fishing
In response to increased incursions in its waters by Chinese fishing vessels, South Korea has placed artificial reefs near the islands along its maritime border with North Korea.
(South Korean Defense Ministry/Getty Images)

Since an international tribunal ruled in July on maritime control in the South China Sea, countries in the region have become more focused on protecting and managing the maritime resources that will continue to shape relations throughout the Asia-Pacific. Now, South Korea is placing some 80 new artificial reefs near the islands along the Northern Limit Line, the maritime extension of the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Korean Peninsula. The reefs offer a creative solution to a complex problem, enabling Seoul to manage dwindling fish stocks, curtail illegal Chinese fishing and address the potential for future confrontations with North Korea all at the same time. ...

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