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Govt, Ports Corporation up illegal fishing fight

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
18 Feb 2014 09:50
Ministry of Fisheries and Forests permanent secretary Inoke Wainiqolo (right), shakes hands  with Fiji Ports Corporation Limited’s chief executive officer Vajira Piyasena on the partnership signing. Photo: MINFO NEWS

Ministry of Fisheries and Forests permanent secretary Inoke Wainiqolo (right), shakes hands with Fiji Ports Corporation Limited’s chief executive officer Vajira Piyasena on the partnership signing. Photo: MINFO NEWS

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.
Fiji Ports Corporation Limited chief executive officer, Vajira Piyasena, said the MOU was important because both parties deal with the operational aspect of fishing vessels and that the information exchange will benefit a partnership that works for the best interest of the nation.
Fiji is currently in the final stages of reviewing the National Plan of Action (NPOA) on IUU fishing, the Tuna Development and Management Plan and the formulation of the NPOA on sharks.
––– MINFO NEWS




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