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Fisheries Agency to update patrol boats for illegal fishing crackdown

  • September 9, 2017
  • , Kyodo News , 11:07 a.m.
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TOKYO – Japan’s Fisheries Agency plans to update part of its chartered patrol fleet to strengthen its crackdown on illegal fishing by ships from neighboring countries, according to its latest budget request.

 

The agency has requested 20.7 billion yen ($192 million) for next fiscal year from April to replace two of the 37 boats it charters from private companies with new vessels with better radar and maneuvering capability. It also plans to charter one additional ship.

 

It last expanded the fleet of patrol boats it operates four years ago.

 

In recent years, Japan has seen an increase in illegal fishing in its territorial waters and exclusive economic zone by ships from China, South Korea and North Korea.

 

In addition to the chartered boats, the Fisheries Agency owns seven patrol boats. The agency plans to replace one of the seven vessels with a new, larger boat by March 2021, according people close to the matter.

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