The US, Japan, Australia and India will unveil a maritime initiative at the Quad Summit in Tokyo to curb illegal fishing in the Indo-Pacific, the Financial Times reported on Saturday, citing a US official.
The report said the Maritime Initiative will use satellite technology to create a tracking system for illegal fish catches from the Indian Ocean to the South Pacific by linking monitoring centers in Singapore and India.
US President Joe Biden is visiting Japan to attend the meeting in Tokyo of the quad group of countries – Australia, India, Japan and the United States – which have stepped up cooperation amid growing China confidence.
According to the Financial Times report, the maritime initiative will allow these countries to monitor illegal fishing even after boats have turned off the transponders normally used to track vessels.
US Indo-Pacific Coordinator Kurt Campbell said earlier this month that the United States would soon announce plans to tackle illegal US fishing.
Several countries in the Indo-Pacific region are resentful of China’s huge fishing fleet. They say its ships often violate their exclusive economic zones, causing environmental damage and economic losses. —Reuters
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