Western Pacific illegal fishers targeted in 11-day operationStaff Writer | July 31, 2017
13 potential breaches of fishing laws in the Western Pacific Ocean have been identified in an 11-day operation which saw six foreign fishing vessels undergo investigation.
Fish Maritime Border Command
Acting commander for MBC, Jo Crooks, said: “This multinational effort showcases the strengthened patrolling of these waters and efforts to protect the maritime and fisheries environment of the broader region.
“Information gathered will contribute to a more accurate picture of fishing activity and the health of fish stocks in the areas patrolled.”
The multi-lateral regional maritime surveillance operation between Australia, United States, France and New Zealand, ran from 3-13 July and covered the waters between Exclusive Economic Zones of regional countries.
Its objective was to board and inspect foreign-flagged fishing vessels to verify compliance with measures adopted by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. ■