Veitayaki calls for better control of illegal fishing

Associate Professor of Marine Science at the University of the South Pacific Dr Joeli Veitayaki today during his submissions to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence. Picture: JONA KONATACI

ILLEGAL, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing needs to be effectively controlled within Fiji and the region.

This was highlighted by the associate professor of marine science at the University of the South Pacific Dr Joeli Veitayaki today during his submissions to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence.

Dr Veitayaki said IUU was not only a fisheries problem and needed an integrated response across all ministries.

“However IUU is not just a fisheries problem, it demands an integrated response across ministries, agencies as well as the private sector, educational and research institutions and civil society organisations,” Dr Veitayaki said.

“Within government for example there is need for fisheries, environment, development, business, employment, education, the navy, police, customs, trade and justice to work together.”

Dr Veitayaki added in order for this approach to work along with regional and global arrangements all stakeholders must commit to the full implementation of all treaties and initiatives associated with them.