Bangkok-based trawler caught off Darwin – A trawler carrying 25 tonnes of fish has been caught inside Australia’s fishing zone, north of Darwin.
HMAS Geraldton allegedly caught the boat near Evans Shoal, about eight nautical miles inside Australia’s fishing zone.
The boat carries an Indonesian flag but the Federal Government says it is actually from Bangkok and all 22 crew are Thai nationals.
It is the first boat apprehended this year that has not been based in Indonesia.
Navy officers allegedly found about 25 tonnes of reef fish on board the trawler.
Authorities are still investigating but say it does not appear that there was any shark fin on board.
The trawler is now being taken to Darwin