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US wants to strengthen agreement to ban Arctic Ocean fishing


PORTLAND – The United States is trying to broker an agreement between a host of nations to prohibit unregulated fishing in the international waters of the Arctic Ocean.

Such an agreement would expand on a non-binding agreement that the U.S. entered into with Norway, Denmark, Russia and Canada last year to avoid fishing in the area. The latest proposal would be binding and would include more countries.

Adm. Robert Papp, the U.S. special representative for the Arctic, says a binding, multinational agreement would prevent fishing in the Arctic high seas before scientists can determine what i...

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