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Last updated: 25 November 2005

Strong Presence Leads to Fishing Arrests

DAFF05/231M 25 November 2005

Australian authorities have combined to arrest 15 foreign fishing vessels in Australian waters in the past 10 days.

The vessels were apprehended as a result of patrols by various Commonwealth and State authorities including the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), Queensland Police, Customs, Navy and Coastwatch. Aboriginal Sea Rangers also assisted in the apprehension of one of the vessels near Maningrida on the Arnhem coast.

The vessels were apprehended in various locations inside the Australian fishing Zone including four North of Broome, four off the Arnehm Coast, two North of Darwin, three south of the Torres Strait, and two on the eastern side of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

All vessels were type III Indonesian vessels typically used to target sharks.

Investigations indicate that the vessels have a combined total of over 300 kilograms of shark fin on-board.

These latest apprehensions are proof that the Australian government is determined to combat illegal fishing in Australian waters and will maintain our strong presence in the North.

A total of 231 foreign fishing vessels have been apprehended by authorities this year.

Further inquiries:

Senator Macdonald’s office: David Crisafulli (07) 4771 3066 or 0400 144 483