ANCHORAGE, Alaska—An Alaska-based Coast Guard cutter is on the other side of the Pacific Ocean near Japan pursuing a vessel suspected of illegal high seas driftnet fishing.
Papp says the 378-foot cutter Rush was nearly to Japan and escorting the stateless vessel.
Papp says the vessel has been boarded and 40 tons of fish was found on board. He says the crew had fished with an illegal 8-mile driftnet.
Paul Niemeier of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says high seas driftnets target salmon, tuna or squid but catch anything in their paths, including marine mammals, seabirds and other fish.
The nets have been banned internationally since 1992.