A Vietnamese fishing vessel and its crew of 15 men suspected of illegally fishing in the Coral Sea has been apprehended.
The vessel was found to have a substantial amount of bêche-de-mer (sea cucumber) on board when it was raided by the Australian Border Force on April 10.
Maritime Border Command apprehended and escorted the vessel to Gladstone in Queensland.
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Commander MBC Rear Admiral Peter Laver said this is another successful outcome following Australian Government agencies’ concerted efforts to detect and stop illegal fishing in Australian waters.
“The enormous Australian maritime domain is subject to surveillance 24 hours a day, and we remain highly responsive to any attempts to engage in theft of this nature,” Rear Admiral Peter Laver said.
“Our resources, including personnel, water and air-based assets, as well as cutting-edge technology, allow us to monitor and promptly apprehend those in the business of illegal fishing in Australian waters.”
AFMA and Parks Australia are investigating for breaches of the Australian Fisheries Management Act 1991 and Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.