Successful FFA monitoring, control and surveillance operation

Published by FiskerForum, 13-08-2018 · info@fiskerforum.dk

Covering 16.50 million square kilometres over ten days with ten Forum Fisheries Agency member states, Operation Island Chief found no infringements or breaches. The ten-day annual operation to detect, deter, report and/or apprehend potential IUU fishing activity ended on August 3rd.

Operation Island Chief 2018 (OPIC2018) involved ten FFA member nations- Fiji, FSM, Kiribati, Palau, PNG, Nauru, the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu, and the Quadrilateral Defence Coordination Group (QUADs) – Australia, New Zealand, France and the United States.

OPIC18 covered more than 16.5 million square kilometres of ocean and found no infringements or breaches.

‘As Chief of Staff for OPIC18, first I have to know watch keepers very well and make sure that they are well organised in their watch and shift. Also to ensure daily briefs are prepared during the operation,’ said Chief of Staff Petty Officer Waisake Tikoduadua from Fiji.

‘I thank everyone for the great team work for OPIC18 and I am looking forward to work with FFA in future operations.’

Regional surveillance operations such as Operation Island Chief involve hundreds of personnel from across the region, with joint coordination led by the FFA’s Regional Fisheries and Surveillance Centre (RFSC) team. Fisheries, Police Maritime Units and Navy officers of FFA members participated as watch-keepers joining the RFSC team for around the clock shifts during the Operation, with their primary task being to monitor and analyse the Regional Surveillance picture and all incoming data from the QUAD surveillance providers.

OPIC18 is the third of four Pacific Islands FFA-led monitoring, control and surveillance operations each year. It involved patrol boats from Fiji, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands, as well as aircraft from Australia and the United States, who offered their defence and military assets to support regional surveillance. A total of approximately 50 days at sea and 110 hours of air time was undertaken during OPIC18.

‘As always we are thankful for the level of cooperation, commitment and engagement by our members and QUAD partners in safeguarding the Pacific fishery from Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported activity,’ said FFA Director General James Movick.

Source: FFA

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