SEOUL, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- North and South Korean authorities resumed exchange of information on illegal fishing vessels in the sea border off the Korean Peninsula's west coast.
South Korea's defense ministry said Friday that it began sharing information on foreign fishing vessels illegally fishing in the Korean waters with North Korea, for the first time in a decade, Yonhap News reported.
Two Koreas stopped the exchange of information on illegal fishing vessels from May 2008 amid growing tensions.
South Korea has seen Chinese vessels fishing illegally off the Yellow Sea. Korean Coast Guard often uses forceful measures against illegal Chinese fishing boats.
Seoul's defense ministry said that sharing fishing boat information is to prevent any "accidental clash" in the sea border.
Authorities also expect this can enhance enforcement against illegal fishing by Chinese vessels, according to the report.
On Friday, South Korean authorities captured two Chinese fishing vessels, suspected of illegally fishing near the maritime border with North Korea. According to maritime police, 13 fishing crews were on board with 100 tons of anchovies.