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Australia & Indonesia Work To Reduce IUU


AUSTRALIA & INDONESIA - Officials from the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries met with officers from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service in Darwin on Monday 28 February 2011 to participate in a Fisheries Surveillance Forum.

The focus of the forum is to concentrate on cooperative activities that will assist in the fight against IUU fishing within both Australian and Indonesian waters.

The forum, co-lead by Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, Commander of Australia's Border Protection Command and Mr Syahrin Abdurahman, Indonesia's Director General of Surveillance and Control of Marine Resources and Fisheries came together in Darwin to discuss ongoing activities in relation to information sharing, building of surveillance capacity and the conduct of coordinated marine patrols between Australia and Indonesia.

IUU fishing significantly impacts on the sustainabilty of fisheries resources within our region and beyond. Cooperative partnerships between Australia and countries within the Asia-Pacific region are an integral weapon in the fight against IUU fishing.

The Australian-Indonesian Fisheries Surveillance Forum was initiated in 2008 as a sub-working group under the Australian-Indonesian Working Group on Marine Affairs and Fisheries.