An interesting ending to the piece I wrote in response to Pokajam might touch on the news item I just received from the Pacific Islands Fish Forum Agency, reporting a USD$1 million fine levied against illegal Chinese fishing boats (flagged in Vanuatu) found in Kiribati's waters----a successful monitoring effort that results in heaps more money than anyone might have expected. Shouldn't this be where PNG puts its efforts, its investments? In conserving the tuna, and policing the stock, we could surely make a few million here.
FFA MEMBER NEWS
Kiribati fines ship $1 million USD following Operation Kurukuru
BETIO, KIRIBATI, 23 SEPTEMBER 2009: The High Court of Kiribati today fined the owner and master of a foreign fishing vessel a total of USD $1 million for fishing in Kiribati waters without a licence.
The fine came as the High Court handed down its judgment on the prosecution by Kiribati Attorney General of Chung Ching Fu and Sung Hui Ocean Company Ltd, master and owner respectively, of the Vanuatu flagged, longline fishing vessel Sung Hui.
In court, the master and owners of the Sung Hui pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful entry, two counts of unlawful fishing within the
This apprehension and the penalties imposed show the financial benefits of pursuing the masters and owners of vessels which continue to flout international and national fisheries laws. It also demonstrates that the newly formed Regional Fisheries Surveillance centre at the FFA in
The decision comes as a warning that any foreign fishing vessel considering fishing illegally inside Pacific Island Economic Exclusion Zones in the future should be aware that their chances of being caught and prosecuted are high.