Sonar Trials Aim To Ping Maverick Fishing Boats

Date: 1/12/2003

The net could soon tighten around foreign and unauthorised boats fishing in restricted areas or without a licence around New Zealand and the South Pacific. Several agencies are holding trials to see if military sonar buoys can be used to tell if a fishing boat is trawling or towing fishing nets in restricted waters. It is hoped the buoys could eventually given enough evidence to immediately challenge a fishing boat.

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