Illegal fishing vessel convicted

Indonesian illegal fisher apprehended off Darwin convicted

The master of an Indonesian fishing vessel apprehended off the coast of Darwin, Northern Territory, was sentenced in Darwin Local Court for illegal fishing in Australian waters. Pleading guilty to charges under the Fisheries Management Act 1991, the master was fined AU $4,000.

The vessel was apprehended on 20 October 2019, approximately 4.9 nautical miles (nm) inside the Australian Fishing Zone (AFZ) in a joint operation by Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency taskforce within the Australian Border Force, and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA).

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Guard stops vessel suspected of IUU fishing.

Liberian Coast Guard stops vessel suspected of IUU fishing. File image.

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