‘Thanks for protecting our waters’: Seafood Industry Australia condemns poachers caught off Ashmore Island
Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) CEO Jane Lovell has congratulated authorities for the interception of two illegal fishing vessels in the Timor Sea.
“On April 19 Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency taskforce within the Australian Border Force, and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority apprehended two Indonesian fishing vessels operating east of the Ashmore Islands,” she said.
“These vessels were poaching fish in Australia’s waters. Illegal fishing poses a significant risk to the sustainability of fish stocks all over the world and the livelihood of those employed in the industry.
“MBC officers found 13 crew, 100 kilograms of fresh reef fish and 50 kilograms of partially frozen reef fish on board the boats.
“Unlike Australia’s commercial fishers who adhere to zoning regulations and catch limits, poachers like this do not hold a licence to operate and threaten the sustainability of our well-managed fisheries.
“SIA would like to take the time to thank authorities who have worked hard to drive down the number of illegal vessels operating in Australian waters.
“In 2006 more than 300 boats were detected and intercepted, compared with 15 last year. This is an amazing effort from the dedicated men and women who work tirelessly to protect our borders.”
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