Australian-funded aerial surveillance closes Pacific fisheries 'gaps'
Quoting Radio New Zealand – 11 February 2019
“Pacific islands continue closing gaps in monitoring, control and surveillance of commercial tuna fishing in the region - with Australia playing an important role in the expanding surveillance program.
“The challenge is simple: Pacific island nations cover millions of square miles of ocean with only a handful of patrol boats to enforce fisheries rules.
“The result: An ongoing and significant level of illegal fishing that is estimated to cost the islands hundreds of millions of dollars a year in lost revenue.
“Tevita Tupou, Coordinator of the Forum Fisheries Agency's Regional Aerial Surveillance Program, explained it this way - Marshall Islands waters are three times the size of the American state of Texas. And the Marshall Islands has one patrol boat. Therefore, it's like having one police car to monitor all of Texas.
“Now, with Australian funding, aerial surveillance of Pacific waters is expanding to its highest level ever.”
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