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Quad countries launch tracking system to monitor illegal Chinese fishing

The United States, Japan, Australia and India will unveil a maritime initiative at the Quad Summit in Tokyo to tackle illegal fishing in the Indo-Pacific, the Financial Times reported on Saturday, citing a US official.

The report says the maritime initiative will use satellite technology to create a system to track illegal fishing from the Indian Ocean to the South Pacific by connecting monitoring centers in Singapore and India.

US President Joe Biden is visiting Japan to attend the meeting of the Quad Group of countries – Australia, India, Japan and the United States in Tokyo – which have stepped up cooperation in the face of China’s growing assertiveness.

According to the Financial Times report, the maritime initiative will allow these countries to monitor illegal fishing even when the boats have turned off the transponders that are typically used to track vessels.

American-Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell had said earlier this month that the United States would soon announce plans to combat illegal fishing in the United States.

Several countries in the Indo-Pacific region are chafing at China’s vast fishing fleet. They say its ships often violate their exclusive economic zones and cause environmental damage and economic loss.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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