Regional approach to sustainable fisheries management

21 November, 2014

Australia has demonstrated commitment for a regional approach to fisheries management with the delivery of a training program in Indonesia this month.

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) today concluded the fourth and final in-country phase of the Australia-Indonesia Fisheries Management/Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Training Program which was held in Indonesia.

Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, said training was delivered to officers including personnel from the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Marine Police, Customs and the Fishing Port Authority.

"Australia is committed to working with our regional neighbours in a joint approach to fisheries management," he said.

"Our fisheries are among the most sustainable and best managed in the world. We've made some tough decisions and put in management measures that ensure sustainability - this is paying off and we are seeing the rewards."

"We have the opportunity to share our experience and knowledge with our regional partners and work together to ensure the future sustainability of our shared fisheries resource."

Senator Colbeck said Australia works closely with Indonesia to strengthen fisheries surveillance and enforcement networks that support the long-term sustainable management of fisheries in the region.

The program was funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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