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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Packing .50 cal heat to Protect Patagonian Toothfish

Australia is arming a research ship to deter poachers:

HEAVY-calibre machine-guns have been fitted to the Hobart-based Antarctic research vessel Aurora Australis as part of a $90 million bid to deter poachers from Australian waters.

It has been fitted with two deck-mounted .50-calibre machine-guns and will carry an armed Customs boarding party to deter poachers trying to illegally fish Patagonian toothfish stocks in the Southern Ocean.

Polar ship packing heat for fish poachers [The Mercury]

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