Image of AFMA and Indonesian fisheries officers speaking with Indonesian fishers
19 December 2022

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority, in collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, delivered a joint public information campaign (PIC) in Rote, Indonesia from 30 November to 1 December 2022.

The PIC was attended by 296 Indonesian fishers, as well as local government officials and members of the broader fishing community. The aim was to increase fishers’ awareness of the consequences of illegal fishing.

Workshops were held in the ports of Papela and Ba’a, and featured presentations focusing on maritime boundaries and encouraging fishers to make better choices to minimise environmental damage and risks to personal safety.

PICs are a key preventive tool within a multifaceted compliance strategy to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing at the source, focusing on education and promoting voluntary compliance.

The successful delivery of this information campaign shows strong collaboration between Australia and Indonesia, and an ongoing commitment to combat IUU fishing in our region.

Indonesia and Australia have a strong history of cooperation in tackling IUU fishing in the region and are active members of the Regional Plan of Action to Promote Responsible Fishing Practices Including Combating IUU Fishing (RPOA-IUU).

You can find more information about Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing on our website.