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法規名稱(Title) Regulations for External Fisheries Cooperation Ch
公發布日(Date) 1999.06.29
法規沿革(Legislative) Promulgated on April 11, 1967.
Amendment to all Articles promulgated on March 2, 1990.
Amendment to Articles 1, 12, 19 promulgated on May 30, 1992.
Amendment to Articles 12, 19 promulgated on March 9, 1996.
Amendment to Articles 2, 5, 16 promulgated on June 29, 1999。
法規內文(Content)

Article 1
These Regulations (hereinafter “the Regulations”) are made pursuant to Article 40 of the Fisheries Act.

 

Article 2
In the Regulations, the term “competent authority” or "competent authorities" means the Council of Agriculture of the Executive Yuan at the central government, municipal governments at municipalities, and county/city governments at counties/cities.

 

Article 3
In the Regulations, the term “external fisheries cooperation” means the cooperation between any fishery operator or fisheries organizations of the Republic of China and any foreigner, foreign organization, foreign government, or overseas Chinese within the Republic of China or abroad.

 

Article 4
There are two categories in external fisheries cooperation:
(1) foreign cooperation:
  (A) to acquire access fishing right with payment to operate motor-based fishing 
      vessels (hereinafter cited as “fishing vessels” ) in foreign exclusive fishery 
      zone, economic exclusive zone, or territorial sea;
  (B) to engage in cooperation of fisheries operation abroad by means of rental 
      of fishing vessels, investment, or provision of capitals, fisheries technology,
      or patents.
(2) Domestic cooperation: any foreigner engages in cooperation of fisheries 
    operation within the territory or exclusive economic zone in the Republic of
    China by means of rental of fishing vessels, investment, or provision of capital,
    fisheries technology, or patents.

 

Article 5
Any application for external fisheries cooperation in accordance with the Regulations shall be delivered to municipal/county/city competent authorities for processing to seek approval from the central competent authority.
Any application for external fisheries cooperation that involves any law or regulation concerning vessel control, investment and technical cooperation shall be processed in accordance with the Regulations and be approved by the relevant competent authorities

 

Article 6
Any person who applies for external fisheries cooperation according to Article 4(1)(A) shall submit the following documents:
(1)An application form. (This shall include the company charter and a copy of
   registration license.)
(2)A contract of cooperation.
(3)Business work plan.
(4)A list in which registers type, number, and name of the vessel. (This shall 
   include the vessel’s certificate of registration, certificate of examination, and 
   fishing operation license.)
(5)Permissions issued by a foreign government.
(6)A letter of guarantee to dispatch fishermen back home in case of maritime 
   distress or confiscation.
Permission issued by a foreign government indicated by Article 6(5) means an official approval given by the competent authority of the cooperation partner in the host country and has been authenticated by local Republic of China embassy, consulate, or mission. Where an embassy, consulate, or mission is absent, designated local commercial institution under the Ministry of Economic Affairs or representatives appointed by the central competent authority should be responsible for their authentication of such approval. Where a designated commercial institution or representative is absent, an overseas Chinese association registered with the Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission or a legitimate, local notary should be responsible for authentication of such approval.

 

Article 7
Application for external cooperation according to Article 4(1)(B) and Article 4(2) should include the following documents:
(1)Application form. (This shall include the company charter and a copy of 
   registration license.)
(2)Contract of cooperation.
(3)Business work plan.
(4)Technical personnel (include fishermen) and staff employment contract. (If 
   employee from foreign country, resume and related licenses are necessary; if 
   acceptance by a foreign offer, then resume, Fishing Vessel Crew Identification, 
   household registration record, and Fishing Vessel Officer Certificate, if applies).
In the case of cooperation based on capital investment or patent right, the documents mentioned in sub-paragraph (4) of the preceding paragraph are excluded.
In the case of cooperation based on fishing vessels rental or joint venture, the following extra documents are necessary:
(1)Photocopies of the vessel’s certificate of registration and its proof of
   examination.
(2)If cooperation in foreign waters is concerned, photocopy of fishing license is 
   needed; if cooperation in domestic waters is considered, vessel layout is needed.

 

Article 8
Contract of cooperation described in Article 6(2) should include the following items:
(1)Types of cooperation.
(2)Terms of cooperation.
(3)Types of fishing vessels, respective gross tonnage, and total amount of fishing
   vessels.
(4)Types of fishery operation, location, and fishing area (including a map for 
   fishing area).
(5)Methods to share profits or costs of cooperation.
(6)Terms of profit remittance by banking system.
(7)Sales and handling of fish catch.
(8)Terms on the guaranty and settlement of breach of the contract.
(9)Other terms to be agreed upon.

 

Article 9:
Contract of cooperation described in Article 7(2) should include the followings:
(1)Types of cooperation.
(2)Terms of cooperation.
(3)The amount of capital authorized and proportion of investment in 
   fishery cooperation. (Those who cooperate by renting fishing vessels are not 
   subject to this term.)
(4)Types of fishing vessels, its net weight in tons, and its quantity. (Those 
   cooperate by providing capitals, fishery technology, or patents are not subject to
   this term.)
(5)Means to share profits, rental incomes, or other earnings.
(6)Terms of profit remittance by banking system.
(7)Sales and handling of fish catch. (Those not involved in the selling of fish catch 
   are not subject to this term.)
(8)Details of fishing technology and patents, and any benefit to parties in 
   cooperation. (Those not involved in the application of fishing technology or
   patents are not subject to this term.)
(9)Terms on the guaranty and settlement of breach of the contract.
(10)Others terms to be agreed upon.

 

Article 10
All purchasing and expenditure of foreign currency accrued in fishery cooperation with a foreign country are under the regulation of the Statute of Foreign Currency Management.

 

Article 11
Any fishery operator who cooperates with foreign countries according to rules prescribed in Article 4(1)(B) should follow these provisions:
(1)Those who cooperate with fishing vessels should retreat these vessels no more 
   than two months after cooperation’s expiry date. To sell the fishing vessel, the 
   application that seeks approval from the Ministry of Transportation and
   Communications should be delivered to and transferred by the central competent     authority no less than three months prior to the cooperation's expiry date.
(2)The foreign partners in cooperation should report to the central competent 
   authority for approval if the foreign partners want to continue to hire the 
   technical staffs, including the sailors, no less than three months prior to the 
   cooperation’s expiry date, and to obtain adequate extension period for these 
   technical staffs in foreign countries. 

 

Article 12
Any person involving in domestic cooperation under the prescription of Article 4(2) shall not impair our nation’s fishery resources and seek to benefit the welfare of future fishery development in principle.
Any person engaging in the rental of fishing vessels or investment in domestic cooperation described in the preceding paragraph shall be restricted from domestic type of fishery operation. The imported fishing vessel that has been approved shall obtain fishing license according to Permission on the Building of Fishing Vessels and Rules Governing the Issuing of Fishing License.
Any fishing vessel rented from foreign countries but to be sold domestically within or after the expiry of terms of cooperation shall have it reported to the central competent authority for approval. The fishing license shall not be issued if approval has not been obtained.

 

Article 13
Parties in domestic cooperation described under Article 4(2) are prescribed by regulations on Public/Private Enterprise's Application to Hire Foreign or Overseas Chinese Personnel in case of a need to hire foreign technical personnel. The central competent authority may set restriction on the number of people being hired.
The aforementioned foreign technical personnel do not include fishermen.

 

Article 14
For the purpose of facilitating stability in fishery cooperation with foreign countries, and based on a need to promote national interests or to comply with the national policy of the cooperation country, the competent authority may order to prohibit external fishery cooperation from foreign countries; or to set restrictions on, or to incorporate conditions into, the contents of cooperation.

 

Article 15
Concerning fishery development and national interests, the central competent authority may appoint fishery organizations or non-profit organizations to process applications on behalf of the parties in fishery cooperation with foreign countries.

 

Article 16
Fishery operators or fishery organizations should report on their performance and progress of fishery cooperation, or give briefings on other aspects of cooperation, to the central competent authority every six months during their terms of fishery cooperation with foreign countries.

 

Article 17
To renew terms of cooperation, parties in fishery cooperation must repeat application procedures under the provisions of Article 6 or Article 7 three months prior to the end of the term.

 

Article 18
Any cooperation with foreign countries that has not been practiced one year after obtaining approval shall have its original approval waived.

 

Article 19
Any person breaching the Regulations hereto is subject to penalties prescribed under Article 10 of the Fisheries Act and shall have their approval of cooperation with foreign countries waived hereafter.

 

Article 20
The Regulations shall enter into force on the date of promulgation.