Seized Toothfish up for sale
A highly-prized catch of Patagonian toothfish seized from an alleged illegal foreign fishing vessel will be offered for sale this weekend.
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has invited tenders for the purchase and removal of 143 tonnes of Patagonian toothfish and 107 tonnes of bait from the foreign fishing boat FV Taruman.
The vessel was apprehended last year by the Customs and Fisheries patrol vessel Oceanic Viking under suspicion of operating illegally in Australian waters around Macquarie Island. AFMA have since laid charges of illegal fishing against the Master and Fishing Master of the vessel.
Following the apprehension, the catch on-board the vessel was seized on the grounds that it was forfeited to the Commonwealth under Australia’s Fisheries Management Act 1991.
Proceeds from the sale will be held by the Commonwealth until the outcome of legal proceedings in the Federal Court.
The tender will be advertised on 28 January 2006.
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