Money Lost To Illegal Fishing In Pacific Upwards Of $616 Million

Forum Fisheries Agency makes estimate 

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 15, 2016) – The money Pacific countries lose to illegal, unreported and unregulated tuna fishing in the region is estimated at $616 million, according to figures provided by the Forum Fisheries Agency.

Under an international agreement via the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, also known as the Tuna Commission, 34 countries including the United States have signed an agreement to stomp out IUU fishing.

American Samoa is now part of the international enforcement of an anti IUU regulation which would identify violaters, seize their catches and stop them from continuing to trade illegally.

Murray Bauer, from American Samoa's Office of law Enforcement, said they are mainly targettng foreign vessels by closing off local ports.

"Many of these boats don't follow the regulations that protect the resources and the ecosystems in the reefs, because it's not cost-effective. So it's economic-driven. So by closing off ports and access to ports where they can land their illegal catch will make it very difficult for them to continue."

Murray Bauer said a US purse seiner is also under investigation for fishing in a Pacific country's exclusive economic zone without a licence.

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The standard for illegality has been set by the National Marine Fisheries Service! I am referring to the Zinser report of 2010 which exposed the Office of Law Enforcement and the U.S. C.G.'s administrative law judges. Zinser concluded that the federal employees of those services were guilty of embezzlement, perjury, extortion, obstruction of justice, deprivation of civil rights, and yes; even involuntary manslaughter (strokes, heart attacks, and suicides to fishermen). And guess what? THEY GOT AWAY WITH IT! Only Luberchenco was shown the door to take her place in academia. No fines, no jail time, no seizure of assets; just a shrug of the shoulders, feet up on the desk and that silly smile. The standard has been set''''get as much as you can, as fast as you can but be sure your are a government employee first.

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