France, South Pacific Nations To Combat 'Predatory' Fishing As China Extends Reach

France, South Pacific Nations To Combat 'Predatory' Fishing As China Extends Reach

Though tiny in landmass, Pacific islands control vast swathes of the resource-rich ocean called Exclusive Economic Zones, forming a formidable boundary between the Americas and Asia.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet

French President Emmanuel Macron said France and South Pacific nations would launch a South Pacific coastguard network to counter "predatory" behavior, which an adviser said was aimed at illegal fishing.

From privately-owned craft to commercial trawlers belonging to publicly listed companies, China's fishing fleets have headed deeper into Southeast Asian waters, searching for new fishing grounds as stocks thin out closer to home.

They have ventured into disputed waters, causing diplomatic rows with countries around the South China Sea and as far away as Argentina.

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