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Western Pacific illegal fishers targeted in 11-day operation

Staff 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.
Western Pacific fish woman
Fish   Maritime Border Command
Officers from Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF), and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) led Operation Nasse to deter illegal fishing in some of the most intensely fished sea-lanes in the region, the Western and Central Pacific Oceans.

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.