2) Indonesia, Australia on Joint Sea Patrol to Combat Poachers
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta-The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has signed a cooperation agreement with the Australian Agriculture and Water Resources Department to combat illegal fishing through a joint patrol. Through the cooperation, Indonesia is hoping to put a stop on foreign vessels stealing fish in Indonesian waters.
"Without Australia's assistance, Indonesia will find difficulties to monitor everything happening in the eastern waters, especially around the borders of Papua New Guinea and East Timor," Minister of Marine and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti said in news conference on Wednesday, October 7, which was also attended by Australia's
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce.
Susi said the collaboration is expected to prevent illegal fishing in Indonesian waters bordering with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Australia. So far, Australia has provided sufficient help in preventing illegal fishing activities in Indonesia.
Indonesia and Australia have for the last nine years conducted annual work group meetings on maritime affairs and fisheries.
In last year's meeting in Perth in October, the two nations put illegal fishing and eco-marine collaborations on top of their agendas.
Susi said Indonesia wants to increase marine cooperation with Australia, hoping that the latter would sign a declaration to combat illegal fishing in Asia and the Pacific. Indonesia also encourages Australia to provide all assistance needed in the fight against illegal fishing.
Bernaby Joyce said Australia is pleased with the cooperation. "We are very happy with this partnership to ensure the eradication of illegal fishing," Bernaby said.
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