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AFMA continues to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing

AFMA has continued its commitment to improving fisheries management in South East Asia and Pacific regions to reduce illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing. One of our key achievements this year has been expanding knowledge and information sharing between government agencies and forming close working relationships with agencies both nationally and internationally.

In the last year alone, AFMA ran workshops in East Timor, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Kiribati to help them improve their monitoring, control and surveillance capabilities.

We shared our expertise in vital areas of fisheries management by continuing to mentor our colleagues from the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries delivering a variety of workshops and training courses to share information and encourage the exchange of ideas. Building on earlier successes, we have also hosted colleagues from a number of overseas agencies to develop their capacity in fisheries management, monitoring, control and surveillance, government investigation and training delivery by observing our processes here in Australia. We had the opportunity to follow up training in Kiribati and lend our expertise to local authorities in evidence collection and catch validation.

Australia participated in the illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing sub-regional group meeting in March, along with East Timor, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. The meeting agreed to a forward work plan to combat these activities in the region, which is a positive achievement.

We have also had the opportunity to participate in regional fisheries operations, and to work with Indonesia and France through joint patrols.

AFMA will continue to participate in international forums and cooperate with other Australian Government agencies such as the Australian Agency for International Development and the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.

AFMA Fisheries Officer Aaron Lee shares information and experience with Indonesian fishers at sea to help combat illegal fishing activities.