18 Aug 2008

New computer network will assist in monitoring illegal fishing in Solomon Islands

10:31 am on 18 August 2008

The more than 86-thouand US dollar upgrade on Solomon Islands maritime unit will improve surveillance targetting illegal fishing, transnational crime and improve response time to search and rescue.

The units new high tech equipment will enable police officers at sea to send emails and data directly to the operations room with instant response from Solomon Islands Police Force.

Lieutenant Scott Mason one of the Austalian defence force advisors says the new computer network system will allow the maritime unit to access the Fisheries Forum Agency vessels monitoring system.

"Which gives the real time of foreign fishing vessels inside Solomon Islands waters so they can actively target particular vessels they want to go and have a look at and keep track of the vessels in their waters."