21 July, 2015, 12:00 am
PORT VILA – Evidence obtained by a Vanuatu Fisheries Observer has been used in court against illegal fishing in the Pacific Ocean.
Jino Suaki of Malekula was called upon by the US authorities in December 2014 to be the principal witness of an illegal tuna fishing activities by a US purse seiner vessel in the Pacific Ocean.
Fisheries Department director, Kalo Pakoa, confirmed that “from March to April 2010, Mr Suaki carried out observer duties on board a US purse seiner vessel under contract by the Forum Fisheries Agency “.
He said, the “US purse seiner fished in countries bound by the US Treaty including waters under the jurisdiction of the Pacific Island Parties to the US Treaty agreement”.