Bid to strengthen Indo-Aus fisheries alliance

FIFTEEN delegates from Bakamla, the Indonesian coast guard, were this month guests of Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) in an effort to strengthen fisheries management between the countries.

  • Staff Reporter
  • 28 March 2017
  • 16:48
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Bid to strengthen Indo-Aus fisheries alliance

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AFMA said this formed part of efforts towards combatting and preventing illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
The Bakamla executives and other officials from Indonesian Fisheries Ministry visited AFMA's Canberra office for talks on a range of issues, including improving compliance measures.
"The officials toured Australia as part of a 3½ week professional development course run by the University of Wollongong's Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, with the visit funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade," AFMA said.
A stopover at AFMA marked the final destination of their tour of Australian agencies, having completed class-based learning and practical excursions with other Australian authorities, such as maritime border command.
"As part of AFMA's efforts to continually improve international relations and communication, many AFMA officers who deal directly with Indonesian fishers and operators have learnt or are learning Bahasa language to help break down language and cultural barriers," AFMA said.


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