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Deal to tackle illegal fishing

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, February 15, 2014

THE Ministry of Fisheries and Forests has signed a memorandum of understanding with Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) to strengthen port measures and help tackle issues of illegal unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Fiji.

The nature of the MOU will ensure the two parties, on a regular basis, share information pertaining to vessel licences and vessel compliance within Fiji waters.

"For fisheries, and as one of the important issues in all fishing countries internationally, is IUU fishing and this is one area we will work together to make sure it is removed and that's one of the purposes of the MOU," said ministry permanent secretary Inoke Wainiqolo.

"One of the main purposes is that there are different roles we have to progressively work together in order to make sure the fishing industry works well."

Mr Wainiqolo said the two parties had, for a while now, been working together to improve port operations.

"We've been working together but it's only now that we've signed a formal MOU, so it's recognised, it's a requirement that it is recorded."