14 Sep 2007

Greenpeace urges NZ and Australia to up efforts against illegal fishing

3:56 pm on 14 September 2007

Greenpeace is calling on Australia and New Zealand to do more to help Pacific countries prevent illegal fishing off their coasts.

Greenpeace has been calling for more surveillance, funding and training to combat illegal fishing for a number of years.

A Greenpeace representative, Nilesh Goundar, says small island nations do not have the resources to fight pirate fishing.

"It is not enough. Australia has funded a patrol boat per island nation. But they don't have fuel to patrol a very vast exclusive economic zone. It is just virtually impossible for one patrol boat to be able to do that. Secondly, they need technical expertise, they need their own people to be trained and upskilled."

Nilesh Goundar pacific nations must be enabled to use their resources better.