Australia Offers Aerial Surveillance For Pacific Fishing Areas

30-year project to supplement Pacific Patrol Boat Program

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 7, 2016) – Australia has offered an integrated aerial surveillance contract for the fishing zones of Pacific countries.

The offer is for 30 years and Canberra is ready to spend more than $US11 million dollars a year on the scheme to be managed by the Forum Fisheries Agency.

The FFA's director general, James Movick, says the scheme, due to start in July next year, is a very large commitment by Australia and supplements its renewed Pacific Patrol Boat Program under which it is donating upgraded vessels for each of the island countries.

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