Feature story

Building regional capacity in fisheries management

AFMA’s program of international engagement and regional capacity building is improving fisheries management and contributes to the reduction of illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing in the South East Asian and Pacific regions.

During 2010-11, AFMA continued to work with Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Kiribati and recently expanded the program into other countries including Indonesia.

Fisheries officers from Papua New Guinea National Fisheries Authority and East Timor Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries were sponsored by AFMA to undertake training in Government investigation.

Kiribati government officers attended AFMA’s first train-the-trainer program in Canberra and Darwin. This will enable them to train fisheries and compliance officers in Kiribati, with AFMA playing a mentoring role.

AFMA officers travelled to East Timor to work with the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security to identify areas AFMA can assist in further developing East Timor’s fisheries legislation. Officers also travelled to Papua New Guinea to assist the National Fisheries Authority to develop a case management system.

AFMA is also working with the Australian Agency for International Development to conduct a capacity building program with the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries.

In June 2011, AFMA officers travelled to Johor Bahru, Malaysia along with fisheries officers from Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand and Vietnam. They all came together to participate in the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Port State Measures Agreement inspector training workshop.

AFMA continues to engage internationally through various forums in its efforts to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.

Group photo of attendees, trainers and facilitators of the FAO Port State Measures Agreement Inspector Training Workshop, Johor Bahru, Malaysia 6-10 June 2011.

Courtesy of Department of Fisheries Malaysia – Group photo of attendees, trainers and facilitators of the FAO Port State Measures Agreement Inspector Training Workshop, Johor Bahru, Malaysia 6-10 June 2011.