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US, Quad Partners Announce Pact to Curb Illegal Fishing

  • New initiative to allow better tracking of dark shipping
  • Concerns have risen that China negotiating new security deals
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The US is joining Japan, India and Australia in a new program aimed at curbing illegal fishing as concern grows about the practice by Chinese vessels. 

The five-year initiative announced Tuesday aims to promote better tracking of dark shipping and fishing -- in which vessels turn off transponders -- in the Indo-Pacific region. It will “offer a near-real-time, integrated and cost-effective maritime domain awareness picture,” according to a joint statement.