WAN Fishermen have avoided going within 12 miles of the Diaoyu Islands, despite rich returns since Japan extended its exclusive economic zone around the islands earlier this year. Keung Yin-man, chairman of the Hong Kong and Kowloon Floating Fishermen's Welfare Promotion Association, said local fishermen and their mainland, Taiwan and Korea counterparts could enter the area quite freely last year. 'But we have seldom been there since Japan declared the extension. 'We all know we cannot get into the area. Japanese troops will simply exile us. If we don't leave at once, we don't know what they will do next. 'Their stance is very firm, as if the islands actually belong to them.' Mr Keung said May to August in the Chinese calendar was the peak fishing season in the area. He said China should stand firmly in the dispute.