Indonesia To Assist Fiji In Curbing Illegal, Unregulated Fishing

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Will collaborate on marine conservation and fish processing issues

By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, June 19, 2014) – The Indonesian Government has pledged its support to help Fiji in its fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing(IUU).

After being warned and put on the "Yellow Card" list of the European Union, the two countries will now join hands in the battle against IUU.

The President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama discussed this issue during their bilateral meeting in Nadi today.

On maritime cooperation, the two Leaders committed to promoting eco-tourism, combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, marine conservation, and enhancing capacity building cooperation useful for the two sides.

As part of common efforts to enhance food security, Fiji and Indonesia agreed to collaborate closer on the processing/canning of fish products including by enhancing the participation of their respective small and medium enterprises.

Both Leaders were pleased with the signing by the two countries of the MoU on Marine and Fishery Cooperation to promote many aspects of maritime cooperation.

Fiji was warned back in 2012 on the issue as part of EU’s to make sure that no illegally caught fisheries products end up on the EU market.

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