Illegal fishing crackdown

Illegal fishing crackdown fails to deter poachers Federal Government figures show foreign fishermen are continuing to target the country’s northern waters despite a recent crackdown on illegal fishing activity.

Australia’s largest investigation into illegal fishing netted more than 20 Indonesian boats and almost 200 crew members over several months.

Operation Clearwater patrolled the Gulf of Carpentaria and coastal waters north of Arnhem Land.

Officials uncovered what the Commonwealth has described as a well organised, large-scale operation.

In the three weeks since it finished, the Federal Fisheries Minister Ian Macdonald says a further 16 boats have been intercepted, 10 of which were apprehended.

He says one caught earlier this month was carrying two tonnes of fish and more than 50 kilograms of shark fin, a haul worth tens of thousands of dollars on the Asian black market

ABC Online – Australia

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