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Combating illegal fishing in the Pacific

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency Secretariat held an in-country workshop to assist Australia progress ratification of the Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement.

Avid readers of Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) news will know about the various work AFMA does with our regional neighbours to help combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Continuing this theme, in mid-May 2017 the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Secretariat held an in-country workshop to assist Australia in its progress towards ratification of the Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement (NTSA).

The NTSA is an agreement on cooperation between FFA members about monitoring, control and surveillance of fishing – it includes provisions on exchange of fisheries data and information, as well as procedures for cooperation in monitoring, prosecuting and penalising operators of IUU fishing vessels.

Australia signed the agreement in July 2014 and intends on ratifying later in 2017. The agreement will be a valuable tool for addressing and eliminating IUU fishing that impacts the Pacific region.

The in-country workshop aimed to improve understanding of the NTSA and the process involved in implementing the associated obligations.

It was attended by a number of agencies who will be involved in implementing the agreement including the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Maritime Border Command, the Department of Defence, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Attorney General’s Department.

AFMA thanks the FFA Secretariat for their time and expertise in delivering this NTSA workshop.

More information on Australia’s fisheries management can be found at afma.gov.au.

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