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Aerial Watch Of EEZ Worries Fiji

  This was raised by the Fiji delegation attending a meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) on Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) in Honiara this week. Minister
18 Jun 2016 13:41
Aerial Watch Of EEZ Worries Fiji
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogovare.

 

This was raised by the Fiji delegation attending a meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) on Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) in Honiara this week.

Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence Timoci Natuva was also at the event.

The meeting heard that such surveillance was vital for both fisheries and non-fishing activities.  This includes transnational crime, drug and human trafficking.

According to FFA statistics the Fiji’s Fisheries sector contributes over $17 million to the country’s Gross Domestic Product annually. The sector provides employment for over 3000 Fijians.

The Honiara meet heard about the initiative of the Australian government in collaboration with the FFA.

Australia will continue its support through the Pacific Patrol Boats programme. This is also a platform to use emerging technology to provide FFA member countries aerial capability for surveillances.

This will mainly focus on monitoring of Fisheries issues but will not exclude other security aspects.

The participants of the meeting were provided a tour to the recently upgraded FFA Regional Fisheries Surveillance Centre that show-cased the advanced monitoring system.

The workshop will task Fisheries, Economic, Defence and Foreign Ministers of the region to review regional MCS arrangements and their compliance regime and report their evaluation to Leaders during the upcoming 2016 Pacific Islands Leaders Forum.

The meeting was officially opened by the Prime Minister of the Solomons, Manasseh Sogovare.

 

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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