25 Jan 2017

Solution sought by Pacific for illegal Vietnamese vessels

From , 7:03 am on 25 January 2017

Solutions are being sought to curb the illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing by so called Vietnamese "blue boats" on remote coastal and offshore reefs in the Pacific.

The boats have been caught in several countries and territories over the past few years including Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Australia and this week in New Caledonia.

But as Koroi Hawkins reports catching them is only part of the problem.

Vietnamese fishing boats.

Vietnamese fishing boats. Photo: AFP