“OPERATION IKA MOANA” Underway in Blue Pacific Waters

The ST$30 million Guardian-class Patrol Boat Nafanua II

(DS) The Government of Samoa is hosting IKA MOANA’s Maritime Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) 2019 Operations through the Samoa Police Maritime Unit under the Ministry of Police.

The main objective of the event is to demonstrate regional interoperability and co-operation in conducting Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) activities within the area of operations; to combat and eliminate illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing and other forms of maritime crime.

Now in its seventh year, the joint maritime surveillance event, Operation IKA MOANA, has been successful in terms of its achievements in the region but also a strong reflection of the Blue Pacific one family spirit.

The operation supports calls from Blue Pacific leaders to push forward in addressing the issue of illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing – striving to abolish within the next five years.

Nafanua II berthing at the Matautu wharf.

An estimated $US600 million is lost annually through illegal fishing, according to the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) 2016 report on illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing.

The main areas covered through the operations mainly focuses around Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ).

It is expected to have more than a 100 personnel from all crews participating in the event; from Tonga, Cook Island, Niue, Kiribati and Samoa.

The event is scheduled from the 30th October to the 11th November 2019. The expanding annual event officially began in 2012.

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