Thai Longliners To Offload Catch In Cook Islands

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Vessels not allowed to do transshipment at sea, must be done in port

By Rashneel Kumar

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, Oct. 6, 2015) – The Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) have put the speculations regarding the four Luen Thai longline fishing vessels in Rarotonga to rest after confirming they were here to offload their catch.

In a statement, MMR said the vessels, which are docked at Avatiu port, arrived last week to offload their catch to transshipping vessel Asia Star.

MMR said a team of fisheries officers from the ministry carried out the portside boarding and inspection of two of the vessels on Friday and will complete this process with the remaining two vessels this week.

The boarding and inspection involves the verification of catch and a full inspection of each vessel to ensure it complies with all regulations and laws.

Offshore Fisheries Division acting director Andrew Jones said the vessels, which are licenced to fish in Cook Islands waters, had come into port at the same time to offload to the Asia Star.

He said typically the vessels arrived periodically to unload their frozen catch into shipping containers at the port to be transported to market.

"We do not allow trans-shipment at sea, so they must come in to our port to offload," Jones said in a statement.

"Because the Luen Thai fleet are MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified, we must regularly inspect all their vessels and closely monitor their catch. The vessels will be refueling and purchasing supplies while in port, and this also benefits our economy."

The Luen Thai vessels, which primarily target albacore tuna, are expected to offload around 300 tonnes of tuna.

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