Tagged IUU


AFMAs National Surveillance and Response turns 10!

Earlier this month, AFMA’s National Surveillance and Response Section celebrated a decade of delivering specialist fisheries advice to aerial surveillance and at sea enforcement platforms to support investigations into cases of illegal fishing. In 2006, Australia’s response to maritime security threats underwent a major rethink, brought about in part, because of an escalation in illegal foreign…

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Hunt for the last Chilean Seabass poachers

  They were the few ships left of what was once one of the most lucrative illegal fishing operations in history. An inside look at the high seas chases that may have brought them down for good. By Christopher Pala To view the story, click the following link: http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/06/17/chilean-sea-bass-toothfish-thunder-sea-shepherd        


Austral congratulate Australian Government for involvement in Perlon arrest

David Carter, CEO of Austral Fisheries, today extended his thanks and congratulations to the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS), the Hon Peter Dutton, MP Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, and Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, for their longstanding involvement…

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AFMA joins forces with INTERPOL

AFMA and the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) have joined forces to improve control over illegal unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing vessels and to assist countries in South-East Asia to close off their ports to IUU vessels. In February 2015 INTERPOL invited AFMA to participate in training for investigators of fisheries crime in South-East Asia. The…


Thunder captain cheered as toothfish pirate ship sank

The captain of an alleged pirate ship accused of fishing illegally in Antarctic waters clapped and cheered as his vessel sank off the West African coast overnight, an indication that the ship had been deliberately scuttled, according to Sea Shepherd activists. In what was described as a “weird and surreal” experience, Sea Shepherd crew members…


Australian agencies stopping illegal fishing

David Carter, CEO of Austral Fisheries, congratulated Australian agencies involved in operations which have led to the apprehension in Malaysia of the illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing boat, the Viking. “I understand the work done by officers from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, the Border Protection Command Service, and the Australian Antarctic Division has…

25th March 2015: Epic Chase Continues

Just before Christmas, the notorious pirate fishing vessel “Thunder” was found by conservationists at work in the Antarctic. Once spotted, it fled. Nearly 100 days later this epic chase off the coast of West Africa is still underway. Claimed as the longest pursuit ever of an illegal fishing boat, it’s become a test of endurance,…

3rd March 2015: Austral congratulate Australian Government for boarding IUU vessel

David Carter, CEO of Austral Fisheries, today extended his congratulations to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service for their boarding of the IUU vessel, Kunlun, last Friday. This action, continues from the recent positive efforts of Sea Shepherd’s Operation Icefish, where they have stopped the IUU vessel, Thunder, from illegally fishing since mid-December, as…

22nd December 2014: De-Register Thunder – Company calls for Australian Government support

David Carter, CEO of Austral Fisheries, today supported calls from Sea Shepherd for the Nigerian government to remove the known toothfish poaching boat, the Thunder, from its vessel registry. The Thunder has had a purple notice issued against it by Interpol, for continued actions that undermine the sustainable management of toothfish fisheries in Antarctic waters.  …

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