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Australia and Indonesia working together to strengthen fisheries management

Close collaboration with our nearest regional neighbours is an important part of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (AFMA) efforts towards combatting and preventing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. AFMA regularly hosts international delegations and recently, 15 delegates from the Indonesian Coast Guard (Bakamla) and the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries visited AFMA’s Canberra office to discuss strengthening …

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Joining forces with the Navy to safely board vessels at sea

Safety of our staff is paramount to the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA).  We thought readers of AFMA news might be interested in one of the many types of training that AFMA staff undergo to help ensure they stay safe on operations. Last month, our newly recruited officers joined forces with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) to participate in critical …

AFMA welcomes new national seafood body

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) welcomes the new national peak body for Australia’s seafood industry, Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) and the inaugural board appointments that were announced yesterday. SIA was formed as part of the United Seafood Industries Project (USIP) to create a new voice to advocate on behalf of the $2.8 billion per annum industry. AFMA CEO, Dr …

Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund – fisheries sector eligible

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce today announced  that applications will open on 5 April 2017 for the Coalition Government’s $5 million Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund. The fund aims to develop leadership capacity and capability within agricultural industries. To be eligible an applicant must be an Australian national agricultural industry organisation who …

Cray-zee in love with seafood – Sustainable Seafood Day

Friday 31 March is Sustainable Seafood Day and there has never been a better time to get cray-zee in love with Australian seafood from a Commonwealth managed fishery. With the many choices available, your tastebuds will be jumpin’ (jumpin’?) with excitement. Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) CEO, Dr James Findlay said that Sustainable Seafood Day is a great time to …

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Foreign fishing vessel apprehended off the coast of Darwin

Joint media release from Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Australian Border Force An Indonesian fishing vessel and its crew of eight men were apprehended 175 nautical miles off the coast of Darwin on Wednesday, suspected of illegally fishing in Australian waters. Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF), working in cooperation with the …

Public comment open: dolphin mitigation strategies for the SPF and SESSF

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking comments on two draft strategies with the objective of minimising interactions between commercial fishing and dolphins. Small Pelagic Fishery Dolphin Mitigation Strategy Gillnet Dolphin Mitigation Strategy AFMA is required to minimise interactions with protected species, while the Commonwealth commercial fishing industry is required to take all reasonable steps to avoid interactions with protected species. …

Illegal fishers sentenced in Darwin

Joint media release from Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Australian Border Force and Parks Australia Attempting to plunder Australian marine resources will result in severe consequences, fifteen Vietnamese fishers found out yesterday when they were found guilty for illegal fishing in Australian waters. The crew and vessel were apprehended on 15 February 2017 for illegally fishing near Saumarez Reef in the …

Foreign fishers face harsh reality of illegal activity

Joint media release from Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Australian Border Force and Parks Australia Fourteen Vietnamese fishers caught illegally fishing in Australian waters were yesterday convicted in the Darwin Magistrates Court, with three of the crew sentenced to imprisonment. The 14 crew were given a range of jail sentences for illegally fishing near Saumarez Reef in the Coral Sea Marine …

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Applications for AFMA’s 2018 school of fish now open!

Here at the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) we may not have a café downstairs selling paleo pear and banana bread, but if you want a fulfilling career where you can make a real difference in the management of Australian fisheries, then look no further than AFMA’s Graduate Program. While we may be gill-ty of using a pun or two, …

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AFMA officers assist with training in the Pacific

Continuing the Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (AFMA) ongoing work with our Pacific counterparts, last month two AFMA officers were invited by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) to help deliver training to aspiring fisheries officers in Fiji. The AFMA officers assisted in delivering practical assessments for a training course alongside other trainers from FFA and New Zealand. Eight students …

Bycatch handling and treatment guide is now available

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is committed to assisting industry in improving handling practices of bycatch caught within Commonwealth fisheries. Late last year AFMA introduced a fishing concession condition enabling enforcement action to be taken against any operator not acting in accordance with bycatch handling requirements. To help ensure fishers use best practice when handling bycatch, AFMA has recently …

Chair sought for Northern Prawn Fishery Resource Assessment Group

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking applications for the position of Chairperson on the Northern Prawn Fishery Resource Assessment Group (NPFRAG). We are seeking applicants for the next three year term, commencing 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2020. Please contact Yvonne Zunic on (02) 6225 5432 or email Yvonne.Zunic@afma.gov.au for further information about the role of Resource …

Great news for lovers of Australian tuna

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources  The 2017-18 season for Australia’s Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery (ETBF) starts today, with increased catch limits. This is great news for Australian lovers of sushi and sashimi, as this fishery is the main source of high quality, fresh yellowfin tuna to eastern Australia. Consumers can be confident that the …

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Illegal fish pirates jailed

Joint media release from Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Australian Border Force and Parks Australia Fifteen illegal Vietnamese fishers faced the harsh reality of illegal fishing in Australian waters in the Darwin Magistrates Court on Tuesday with several crew sentenced to jail time. The 15 crew were all sentenced to two months suspended sentences for illegally fishing from a vessel caught …

Lakes based officer reflects on first six months

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has had a Liaison Officer with the South East Trawl Industry Association (SETFIA) based Lakes Entrance since 2015.  This position was created by AFMA and SETFIA to help develop and work on projects that benefit both industry and AFMA. AFMA’s current officer, Danait Ghebrezgabhier takes a look back at her six months so far. …

Vessel monitoring in the Torres Strait

From 1 July 2017, the Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) is improving vessel monitoring in the Torres Strait.  All primary boats (boats that tow tenders) and licenced carrier boats will be required to have an AFMA approved Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) unit installed. VMS use a combination of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and satellite communications to transmit and receive …

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AFMA’s new school of fish

At the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) we just love our graduates. Each year participants of the AFMA Graduate Program partake in three rotations across AFMA and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Today we introduce one of our graduates, Elisa Plati, who is spending her first rotation in the Foreign Compliance Policy Section of AFMA’s Fisheries Operations Branch. …

Two Vietnamese illegal fishing vessels apprehended in the Coral Sea

Joint media release from Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Australian Border Force and Parks Australia. Two Vietnamese fishing vessels and their crew of 29 men suspected of illegally fishing near Saumarez reef in the Coral Sea marine park have been apprehended. Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF), working in cooperation with the Australian Fisheries Management …

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Dr Alex Caveen from Seafish UK visit to AFMA

Readers of AFMA News may be aware that AFMA regularly hears from international guest speakers on the latest of fisheries management in their country. In January Dr Alex Caveen from Seafish UK (a UK Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) set up by the Fisheries Act 1981 to improve efficiency and raise standards across the seafood industry) visited Australia for the first …

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Public comment open: dolphin mitigation strategies for the SPF and SESSF

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking comments on two draft strategies with the objective of minimising interactions between commercial fishing and dolphins. Small Pelagic Fishery Dolphin Mitigation Strategy Gillnet Dolphin Mitigation Strategy AFMA is required to minimise interactions with protected species, while the Commonwealth commercial fishing industry is required to take all reasonable steps to avoid interactions with protected species. …

Bycatch handling and treatment guide is now available

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is committed to assisting industry in improving handling practices of bycatch caught within Commonwealth fisheries. Late last year AFMA introduced a fishing concession condition enabling enforcement action to be taken against any operator not acting in accordance with bycatch handling requirements. To help ensure fishers use best practice when handling bycatch, AFMA has recently …

Chair sought for Northern Prawn Fishery Resource Assessment Group

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking applications for the position of Chairperson on the Northern Prawn Fishery Resource Assessment Group (NPFRAG). We are seeking applicants for the next three year term, commencing 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2020. Please contact Yvonne Zunic on (02) 6225 5432 or email Yvonne.Zunic@afma.gov.au for further information about the role of Resource …

Lakes based officer reflects on first six months

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has had a Liaison Officer with the South East Trawl Industry Association (SETFIA) based Lakes Entrance since 2015.  This position was created by AFMA and SETFIA to help develop and work on projects that benefit both industry and AFMA. AFMA’s current officer, Danait Ghebrezgabhier takes a look back at her six months so far. …

Vessel monitoring in the Torres Strait

From 1 July 2017, the Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) is improving vessel monitoring in the Torres Strait.  All primary boats (boats that tow tenders) and licenced carrier boats will be required to have an AFMA approved Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) unit installed. VMS use a combination of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and satellite communications to transmit and receive …

35% reduction in bycatch trial

Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources ​A new bycatch device has delivered impressive results that will improve the sustainability of fishing operations of wild catch prawns in Australia’s Northern Prawn Fishery. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, today met with the developer, Mr Kon Triantopoulos, and representatives of the Northern Prawn Fishery …

Are you VMS compliant?

Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) help the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) monitor the position, course and speed of Commonwealth fishing vessels and are a key tool in ensuring compliance of the Commonwealth fishing fleet. AFMA monitors VMS compliance rates at the individual boat level, and across the whole fleet. When the fleet-wide compliance rate drops below a certain level in …

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Want to know more about the USA’s oldest fishery?

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is always interested about hearing the latest news in fisheries management from both within Australia and globally. Last month, United States (US) based fishing technology and fish behaviour research scientist Steve Eayrs dropped by AFMA to share with staff an insightful presentation on his experience working with fisheries management and fishing technology in the USA. …

Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery 2017-18 total allowable catch recommendations

AFMA has published its 2017-18 total allowable catch (TAC) recommendations paper for the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark fishery (SESSF). This paper outlines AFMA Management’s recommendations of TACs for species in the SESSF for the 2017-18 fishing year, commencing 1 May 2017. The paper was sent to all SESSF concession holders and other stakeholders, and provided an opportunity to review …

Commonwealth and Western Australia working together for better fisheries management

Joint media release from The Hon Anne Ruston Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and the Hon Joe Francis WA Minister for Fisheries. Working across jurisdictional boundaries, the federal Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, together with Western Australia Fisheries Minister, Joe Francis today unveiled an agreement between the Commonwealth and Western Australia realigning fisheries boundaries off …

Public comment extended – pair trawling application

Public submissions have now closed. The deadline for commenting on an application to pair trawl in the Commonwealth Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) has been extended to Friday, 10 February 2017. View the pair trawling application. Make a submission. On 8 December 2016 AFMA received an application to pair trawl using a midwater trawl net in the SPF for an initial …

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Ex-shell-ent scallop catches this season!

With the best season in 15 years, there has never been a better time to enjoy succulent scallops from the Commonwealth Bass Strait Central Zone Fishery. Bass Strait scallops are caught commercially in Bass Strait between Tasmania and Victoria. While they can also be caught in coastal waters, the fishery in central Bass Strait is managed by the Australian Fisheries …

Not too late to have your say – pair trawling application

It’s not too late to have your say on an application to pair trawl (where two boats are used to fish using a trawl net) in the Commonwealth Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF). Submissions can be made at afma.gov.au and will close on 31 January 2017. View the pair trawling application Make a submission On 8 December 2016 AFMA received an …

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Santa comes early to Commonwealth fisheries

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) commends Commonwealth fishers for giving our marine resources a great early Christmas gift, a year with zero breaches for fishing in closed areas. Closed areas are off limits for a variety of reasons such as, protecting fragile ecosystems and particular species’ or restricting fishing at particular times of the year to allow for spawning. …

SPF Scientific Panel meeting, 15-16 December 2016

The Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) Scientific Panel met on 15-16 December 2016 in Hobart. Key items considered were: new economic research and management strategy evaluation (MSE) testing to inform the harvest rates used for setting total allowable catches (TAC) for the 2017-18 SPF fishing season which commences 1 May 2017 an application requesting a 12 month trial of pair trawling …

First meeting of the Commonwealth Fisheries Marine Mammal Working Group

The Commonwealth Fisheries Marine Mammal Working Group was recently established to provide advice to AFMA on interactions with marine mammals that occur in Commonwealth fisheries. This advice can include identification and assessment of marine mammal bycatch issues, the development and review of marine mammal mitigation strategies and the development of fishery and vessel specific mitigation arrangements. The group consists of …

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Fish on film

AFMA monitors and collects information about fishing in order to make informed management decisions so that there is plenty of seafood for Australians to enjoy now and into the future. Electronic monitoring, known as e-monitoring, uses sensors and cameras to gather information about fishing activity. Rolled out across four Commonwealth fisheries two years ago, e-monitoring is one of the new and innovative …

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Shrimply irresistible this Christmas!

As Christmas rolls around for another year, there has never been a better time to add fresh Australian seafood to your Christmas day menu, including wild caught Australian prawns from the Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF). Not only does seafood from Commonwealth managed fisheries taste great, but you can also have confidence that it is coming from a sustainably managed fishery. …

Reminder for SBT farm sector

The Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery 2016-17 season commenced 1 December 2016, and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is reminding farm sector operators on their reporting requirements during the catching, towing and transferring operations. In order to gain an average weight for farmed southern bluefin tuna (SBT), an AFMA Authorised Representative (AAR) will supervise the sampling of at least 100 …

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AFMA welcomes new national seafood body

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) welcomes the new national peak body for Australia’s seafood industry, Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) and the inaugural board appointments that were announced yesterday. SIA was formed as part of the United Seafood Industries Project (USIP) to create a new voice to advocate on behalf of the $2.8 billion per annum industry. AFMA CEO, Dr …

Cray-zee in love with seafood – Sustainable Seafood Day

Friday 31 March is Sustainable Seafood Day and there has never been a better time to get cray-zee in love with Australian seafood from a Commonwealth managed fishery. With the many choices available, your tastebuds will be jumpin’ (jumpin’?) with excitement. Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) CEO, Dr James Findlay said that Sustainable Seafood Day is a great time to …

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Foreign fishing vessel apprehended off the coast of Darwin

Joint media release from Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Australian Border Force An Indonesian fishing vessel and its crew of eight men were apprehended 175 nautical miles off the coast of Darwin on Wednesday, suspected of illegally fishing in Australian waters. Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF), working in cooperation with the …

Illegal fishers sentenced in Darwin

Joint media release from Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Australian Border Force and Parks Australia Attempting to plunder Australian marine resources will result in severe consequences, fifteen Vietnamese fishers found out yesterday when they were found guilty for illegal fishing in Australian waters. The crew and vessel were apprehended on 15 February 2017 for illegally fishing near Saumarez Reef in the …

Foreign fishers face harsh reality of illegal activity

Joint media release from Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Australian Border Force and Parks Australia Fourteen Vietnamese fishers caught illegally fishing in Australian waters were yesterday convicted in the Darwin Magistrates Court, with three of the crew sentenced to imprisonment. The 14 crew were given a range of jail sentences for illegally fishing near Saumarez Reef in the Coral Sea Marine …

Great news for lovers of Australian tuna

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources  The 2017-18 season for Australia’s Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery (ETBF) starts today, with increased catch limits. This is great news for Australian lovers of sushi and sashimi, as this fishery is the main source of high quality, fresh yellowfin tuna to eastern Australia. Consumers can be confident that the …

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Illegal fish pirates jailed

Joint media release from Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Australian Border Force and Parks Australia Fifteen illegal Vietnamese fishers faced the harsh reality of illegal fishing in Australian waters in the Darwin Magistrates Court on Tuesday with several crew sentenced to jail time. The 15 crew were all sentenced to two months suspended sentences for illegally fishing from a vessel caught …

Two Vietnamese illegal fishing vessels apprehended in the Coral Sea

Joint media release from Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Australian Border Force and Parks Australia. Two Vietnamese fishing vessels and their crew of 29 men suspected of illegally fishing near Saumarez reef in the Coral Sea marine park have been apprehended. Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF), working in cooperation with the Australian Fisheries Management …

35% reduction in bycatch trial

Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources ​A new bycatch device has delivered impressive results that will improve the sustainability of fishing operations of wild catch prawns in Australia’s Northern Prawn Fishery. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, today met with the developer, Mr Kon Triantopoulos, and representatives of the Northern Prawn Fishery …

Vietnamese fishing vessel apprehended at Lihou Reef

Joint media release Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Australian Border Force and Parks Australia A Vietnamese fishing vessel suspected of illegally fishing in Australian waters has been apprehended off the coast of Cairns. Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF) working in cooperation with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and Parks Australia apprehended …

Commonwealth and Western Australia working together for better fisheries management

Joint media release from The Hon Anne Ruston Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and the Hon Joe Francis WA Minister for Fisheries. Working across jurisdictional boundaries, the federal Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, together with Western Australia Fisheries Minister, Joe Francis today unveiled an agreement between the Commonwealth and Western Australia realigning fisheries boundaries off …

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Ex-shell-ent scallop catches this season!

With the best season in 15 years, there has never been a better time to enjoy succulent scallops from the Commonwealth Bass Strait Central Zone Fishery. Bass Strait scallops are caught commercially in Bass Strait between Tasmania and Victoria. While they can also be caught in coastal waters, the fishery in central Bass Strait is managed by the Australian Fisheries …

Ensuring the long-term sustainability of South Pacific regional fisheries

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources  Australia is hosting around 150 international delegates for the fifth Commission Meeting of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO), which continues today in Adelaide. In welcoming delegates to the meeting, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, said the occasion provided an opportunity to engage with …

Choose Australian seafood this Christmas!

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources The festive season is the perfect time to enjoy fresh, sustainably harvested and locally caught seafood. After another fantastic year for Commonwealth fisheries, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, is encouraging Australians to remember sustainable, local seafood when planning your Christmas menu this year. “The warmer weather …

Record penalties for illegal foreign fisherman

Joint media release Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Department of Immigration and Border Protection In a major strike against illegal fishing, four illegal foreign fishers involved in three separate incidents were convicted in Darwin courts last Friday after investigations by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), in cooperation with Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force embedded within the …

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Shrimply irresistible this Christmas!

As Christmas rolls around for another year, there has never been a better time to add fresh Australian seafood to your Christmas day menu, including wild caught Australian prawns from the Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF). Not only does seafood from Commonwealth managed fisheries taste great, but you can also have confidence that it is coming from a sustainably managed fishery. …

Vietnamese fishing vessel apprehended near Saumarez Reef

Joint media release from Department of Immigration and Border Protection and The Australian Fisheries Management Authority Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF) working in cooperation with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) apprehended a foreign fishing vessel suspected of illegally fishing in Australian waters. The Vietnamese …

Illegal foreign fishers convicted

Joint media release Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority The last week has seen illegal fishers from two separate fishing vessels convicted of exploiting Australia’s marine resources after investigations by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA). On Friday 25 November 2016, 16 Vietnamese illegal foreign fishers appeared before the Darwin Magistrates Court. They were …

Vietnamese fishing vessel apprehended off Gladstone

Joint media release Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Australian Fisheries Management Authority Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF), in cooperation with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), apprehended a foreign fishing vessel (FFV) on 19 November 2016 suspected of illegally fishing in Australian waters. The Vietnamese fishing vessel was detected …

Indonesian fishing vessel apprehended 150 nautical miles off Darwin

Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF) working in cooperation with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the Australian Defence Force, apprehended a foreign fishing vessel on 22 November 2016 suspected of illegally fishing in Australian waters. The Indonesian fishing vessel was detected near Croker Island, approximately 150 nautical miles north-east of …

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