New Zealand has announced a crackdown on poachers and black-market fishing operations.
The government says it will spend more than US$8 million on the operation over the next four years.
Part of the money will go towards the creation of a special covert operations team to combat the plunder of abalone and rock lobster fisheries.
In another development, New Zealand’s government will consider legal action to prevent Japan’s bid to kill humpback whales in Antarctica’s Ross Sea.
Japan is preparing a bid to the International Whaling Commission next month to catch the endangered whales under its “scientific whaling” programme.
Radio Australia – Australia