The recent signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Ministry of Fisheries and Forests and Fiji Ports Corporation Limited will strengthen Government’s resolve to address illegal fisheries activities around the country.
The MOU will enable the monitoring, control and surveillance of fishing vessels suspected or determined to have engaged in illegal, unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.
The Ministry of Fisheries and Forests permanent secretary, Inoke Wainiqolo, highlighted that the MOU will ensure capacity building of port state inspectors and the regular inter-agency consultation for the management of fishing vessels in port.
“It will also enable the parties to share information on foreign and Fiji fishing vessels and enable port related measures or requirements under regional and international fisheries treaties.” Mr Wainiqolo said.
“One of the important issues that all fishing countries internationally are dealing with is IUU. This is one area we will work together in to ensure that this is eliminated or removed within our fishing area in Fiji.”
Mr Wainiqolo added that the licencing of the vessels was important and reminded the companies with the licence to comply with the laws of Fiji.
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Originally Published Fiji Sun
February 18, 2014
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