Korea has been criticized from domestic and local environmentalists for its fisheries law. In reaction to criticism, the Korean government has amended the Water Fisheries Act to impose a maximum fine of three times the value of the catch. In limited cases imprisonment is possible.
The amended Water Fisheries Act of Korea, also, imposes the potential sanction of losing of a companies commercial fishing license if catches are not reported or are unreported.
Korean laws in the English language may be found at the website of the Korean Legislative Research Center.
Sean Hayes may be contacted at: SeanHayes@ipglegal.com.
Sean Hayes is co-chair of the Korea Practice Team at IPG Legal. He is the only non-Korean to have worked as an attorney for the Korean court system (Constitutional Court of Korea) and one of the first non-Koreans to be a regular member of a Korean law faculty.