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Parties pen MOU

Ana Madigibuli
Saturday, February 02, 2013

THE Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji is committed to providing timely information to the Ministry of Fisheries on fishing vessels desiring Fiji nationality while the ministry will update MSAF on decisions that impact on flagged fishing vessels.

This was highlighted after the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding in Suva this week.

Ministry of Fisheries and Forests permanent secretary Inoke Wainiqolo said the ministry would update MSAF on decisions taken at national, regional and international levels that impact on flagged vessels and the registration of fishing vessels including but not limited to decisions of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission.

MSAF chief executive Neale Slack said in the last 12 months the authority had embarked on detailed discussions and negotiations with a number of parties and departments.

Mr Slack said in 2012, MSAF signed an initial MOU with the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Reserve Bank for specific reasons to share and support each other with cross information that could strengthen border security of Fiji.

"We followed up with a MOU with the Fiji police and we pursued that and followed through," Mr Slack said.

"This is not just a signing of a MOU to be a piece of paper that does not bear fruit."

Mr Slack said: "With the police, we have trained 80 maritime border police and we are in the process of deploying them to the field.

"We would utilise those resources and we can strengthen border protection, also safety, security and protection of the marine environment which is the primary responsibility of the MSAF."


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