NEW ZEALAND TO WATCH ANTARCTIC WATERS FOR ILLEGAL FISHING

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (December 29, 1998 - Radio Australia)---New Zealand will conduct an aerial surveillance of Antarctica's Ross Sea to investigate illegal fishing of the Patagonian toothfish.

New Zealand will become the first nation to mount comprehensive military surveillance over Antarctica's international waters.

The New Zealand government says its received information suggesting several long-lining vessels are involved in uncontrolled fishing in Antarctic waters and could move into the Ross Sea for potentially rich pickings.

It says unregulated fishing over the past two to three seasons has caused a collapse of some fisheries in the area.

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