22 Mar 2017

Pacific surveillance operation picks up Illegal fishers

From , 6:04 am on 22 March 2017

Seven vessels have been caught for illegal fishing in a ten day Pacific surveillance operation which ended on Friday.

Nine Pacific countries ran operation Rai Balang 2017 which was coordinated out of the Forum Fisheries Agency surveillance centre in Solomon Islands.

The operation covered 14.7 million square km and detected nearly a thousand fisheries vessels.

The team leader of the FFA's regional fisheries surveillance centre, commander Gavin Baker spoke with Koroi Hawkins about the operation, beginning with the vessels who were found breaking the rules.

The Operation Rai Balang 2017 team.

The Operation Rai Balang 2017 team. Photo: Supplied/ FFA