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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Pacific fight against IUU goes high tech

The Pacific Islands’ fight against illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing has gone up another notch with the successful completion of a five-day training in Fiji of fisheries officers of 10 island nations. With the leadership of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), headquartered in Honiara, the fisheries officers have returned to their respective offices to spearhead the efficient capturing and analyzing of data on tuna catches and tuna fleet that are fishing in Pacific waters. “The five day RIMF training has been very productive and participants now return to work armed with the new knowledge on how they can capture data better,” said Kenneth Katafono, FFA’s Manager IT and lead trainer of the RIMF workshop. “Participants were also able to trial a new RIMF app we had developed, and thanks to the support of the New Zealand Government, each country representative was given a new Samsung tablet that will help their boarding and inspection work when they return to their respective countries.” Mr Katafono said with the regional training completed, next step would be assisting each FFA member country integrate these new tools into their national information management systems. Using electronic tablets, which are loaded with the new RIMF app, fisheries officers should be able to accurately capture and store data, as well as identify infringements.

Source: pasifik.news