18 December 2012, 10:14

Russian ships, aircraft to fight poachers ahead of New Year

Russian ships, aircraft to fight poachers ahead of New Year

20 Russian ships and aircraft have been sent to the Sea of Okhotsk and Sea of Japan to fight poachers in the run-up to the New Year.

The move has been prompted by the stepped-up illegal efforts to catch crab that the poachers supply to Japan, South Korea and China, according to the Russian Border-Guard Service.

Two Cambodian trawlers were detained in the Russian waters near Sakhalin Island last Friday.

Russian border-guards let back into the sea more than two tons of live crabs from one of the trawlers.

A total of 500 tons of fish and crab has been returned to the sea from poaching ships near Sakhalin since early this year.

Voice of Russia, TASS

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